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July 17, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

Making the West Side of Charleston its own school district — separate from the Kanawha County school system and overseen by the state — is the latest suggestion in an attempt to turn around the area’s struggling schools.

Bill White, a member of the West Virginia Board of Education, brought up the idea at a public meeting last week. On Wednesday morning, he said he hoped to get the state board to seriously consider taking over the...

July 21, 2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County students missed 19 days of school last year, leaving them with 168 days of instruction after seven of those days were made up.

If the state’s new rules, which will be implemented in the 2014-15 academic year, would have been in effect last year, students would have made up all 19 of their snow days to have a total 180 instructional days for that year.

If that was the case, students would have been in...

July 28, 2014

By Erin Timony 
The State Journal

Amid packing and unpacking boxes, preparing to move across state lines and focusing on the basics of food and shelter, Michael Martirano is looking forward to new opportunities awaiting him in the Mountain State.

The West Virginia Board of Education selected Martirano as state superintendent following a nationwide search. As part of the process, the national search firm, Ray and Associates Inc., engaged 248 individuals regarding the...

July 28, 2014

For the (Mineral Daily) News-Tribune

ROMNEY - West Virginia State Sen. Donald H. Cookman has been working for several months with West Virginia legislative staff to draft legislation that aims to protect the jobs of the current child care workers of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
  
Several members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have pledged their support for the bill.

This has been an ongoing process and the idea of the...

July 29, 2014

By Misty Poe 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The state didn’t do a very good job of “telling the story” of Common Core Standards, state school board president Gayle Manchin said Monday morning, which opened the door for an onslaught of public and administrative criticism of something few understand.

Speaking to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network at the Fairmont Woman’s Club, Manchin said the issue of Common Core has been politicized and “confusion has...

July 30, 2014

By Aaron Payne  
WV MetroNews

ELKINS, W. Va. – Students at Harman School in Randolph County will begin the 2014 school year in different locations after a unanimous decision was made by the Randolph County Board of Education during Tuesday night’s special session held at Elkins High School.

The reason for the action is because over the July 4 weekend, a large section of plaster fell from the ceiling in one of the rooms. The state Fire Marshal’s Office and architectural...

July 31, 2014

The Times West Virginian

It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.

So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.

Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade...

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