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May 2, 2014

By Jessica Farrish 
The Register-Herald

BECKLEY — Three Raleigh County Board of Education members have been awarded the Margaret Baldwin Friend of Education award by the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA).

Raleigh BOE Vice President Larry Ford and BOE members Cindy Jafary and Sally Susman were honored at a WVEA delegate banquet in Charleston on April 25, taking their place on a “Friend of Education” honoree list that also includes past West Virginia governors Arch...

May 2, 2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Department of Education has named three Schools of Excellence in West Virginia.

Those named for the 2014-15 school year were selected on several factors. They include curriculum, a safe and drug-free learning environment, documented student achievement and implementing advanced and innovative programs.

The winning schools announced Thursday are George Washington Elementary School in Eleanor, Brandywine Elementary School...

May 5, 2014

By Jesse J. Holland 
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON- U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help...

May 6, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Three Kanawha County Board of Education candidates have been asked to pull or revise their campaign ads after violating a policy that forbids footage featuring school property.

Becky Jordon, Calvin McKinney and Vic Sprouse all featured public schools in some form in their campaign ads but have since resolved those issues, according to Kanawha County Schools attorney Jim Withrow.

“We consider that taking videos in a school...

May 8, 2014

By Lydia Nuzum 
The Charleston Gazette

When Gaston Caperton was in the second grade, his teacher noticed him struggling to read and began to suspect the future governor of West Virginia might have dyslexia, a common learning disorder.

“Ms. Robinson called my parents and said, ‘Gaston has a problem,’” he recalled. “Because of her, and because of parents who really paid attention to me and gave the effort, I’ve had a successful life.”

Caperton, the 31st governor of...

May 14, 2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

A Raleigh County teacher and longtime West Virginia Education Association member is the 2014 recipient of the Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year award.

Doris Meador is a Title I reading and math teacher for both Independence High School and Independence Middle. She received her award during Wednesday's state Board of Education meeting.

Over the years, Meador has been a volleyball coach, a yearbook editor and a book drive...

May 14, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Several Kanawha County school board candidates are promising to fight against the state’s implementation of Common Core Standards if they are elected, but it’s not that easy.

Nearly every state in the country has adopted the standards, which pledge to focus on more meaningful, real-world applications to prepare students for college and a career.

Indiana is the only state to totally opt out, with critics fearing a national...

May 14, 2014

By MetroNews Staff

It took three attempts, but voters in Wayne County have approved an $18 million school construction bond — a key component in a larger $42 million package.

That package includes construction of a new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School and a new Crum Elementary School and will also pay for additions and renovations at Wayne High School.

The unofficial vote totals in Wayne County in Tuesday’s primary election were 4,192 votes for the bond and 3,265 against...

May 15, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

The state’s teachers unions are up in arms over a teacher evaluation policy proposed by the West Virginia Department of Education that they say throws away years of teachers’ input on the system and unfairly holds some teachers more responsible for student test scores than others.

Beginning next school year, due partly to the state’s detachment from No Child Left Behind, math and reading teachers who teach grade levels that take...

May 16, 2014

By Justin Jackson 
The DPost.com

MORGANTOWN — High school sports summer workouts will continue to be contained in their current three-week format for the foreseeable future.

The West Virginia State Board of Education tabled a proposal May 14 that would have allowed workouts to be open for the entire summer, except for the July 4 holiday week.

“That particular proposal was stricken and removed,” state Deputy Superintendent Charles Heinlein said. “It is a dead issue...

May 19, 2014

By Linda Harris, Legal Reporter 
The State Journal

 

Attorneys for the state Board of Education have asked Kanawha County Circuit Judge James C. Stucky to dismiss a breech of contract complaint filed by former Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple.

Marple, terminated in November 2012, claims she was unlawfully fired and that members of the Board of Education had secretly plotted to oust her. Her suit, which she recently refiled, names former board president Wade...

May 19, 2014

By The Review (East Liverpool, Ohio)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Review reporter Stephen Huba has received a 2014 West Virginia Education Association Golden Apple Award for his coverage of schools in Hancock County.

Melanie Donofe, president of the Hancock County Education Association, recently presented the award to Huba.

"Mr. Huba comes to school board meetings and reports on the happenings there very thoroughly," Donofe said. "If he is not able to attend, he will call...

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