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October 2, 2014

The Charleston Gazette

This state’s gulf between the privileged elite and average families is becoming more painful, according to the annual “State of Working West Virginia” report from the Center on Budget and Policy.

Between 1979 and 2011, it said, the top 1 percent of West Virginians gained 71 percent more income, while the other 99 percent lost 3 percent. The rich got much richer, but everyone else slipped downward a bit.

“Inequality continues to grow,” researcher...

October 6, 2014

By Jessica Farrish  
The Register-Herald  

As the state celebrates International World Teacher’s Day Sunday, West Virginia teachers will be earning lower salaries than every other state except Mississippi and North Carolina, according an in-depth study recently conducted by WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network.

Teachers in the mountain state also rank 34th in average starting salaries, 45th in teachers’ wage disparity, 43rd in the average number of hours...

October 8, 2014

By Jennifer Smith 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – New state Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano laid out a six-step plan Wednesday on how he intends to move forward over the next few months. It was Martirano’s first meeting since he began the job in mid-September.

Martirano introduced his plan called “One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Together.” It contains what he called ‘six guiding actions’ that will make the foundation for students pre-K through 12.

“The...

October 8, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — SAT scores in West Virginia are better than last year, but not as many students are actually taking the test.

While students scored higher across the board in 2014 than students the year prior — with the state average better than the national average in all subjects — the number of test-takers decreased by 7 percent over the past year, according to the state Department of Education.

About 2,160 public school students took the SAT...

October 8, 2014

The Associated Press

The West Virginia Department of Education is honoring schools, educators and other employees at an awards ceremony.

The 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year will be announced Wednesday night at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

The event also will honor Schools of Excellence and the educator and school service personnel employee of the year.

October 9, 2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – New state Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano laid out a six-step plan Wednesday on how he intends to move forward over the next few months. It was Martirano’s first meeting since he began the job in mid-September.

Martirano introduced his plan called “One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Together.” It contains what he called ‘six guiding actions’ that will make the foundation for students pre-K...

October 9, 2014

By WV MetroNews Staff

Wheeling Park High School English teacher Gail Adams is the 2015 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made Wednesday night during a ceremony in Charleston by state School Superintendent Michael Martirano.

Adams has been a teacher for 10 years. The state Department of Education says she “advocates for parent involvement and believes in educating the whole family. Though many of her students have become doctors, lawyers, and...

October 10, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

A seat on the West Virginia Board of Education opened up Thursday – and a second seat remains unfilled nearly two years after it opened.

Robert Dunlevy, of Ohio County, attended his last state school board meeting as a member on Thursday. His nine-year term will officially expire Nov. 4.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin -- who appoints members of the state school board -- still not filled the seat of Priscilla Haden, who resigned...

October 13, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

The more that students in West Virginia are disciplined in school, the more likely they are to do poorly in academics, a new report shows.

“A growing body of research provides evidence of a link between school discipline practices — especially the use of suspensions — with lower academic achievement,” Andy Whisman, assistant director of research and evaluation for the West Virginia Department of Education, told state school...

October 14, 2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews 

The president of the West Virginia Education Association says he’s encouraged by how the Mountain State’s students did on the SAT this year.

“We’re doing some really great things in public education in West Virginia,” Dale Lee said of the results on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Overall, numbers from The College Board showed West Virginia’s students improved in core subject areas of reading, writing and math on the SAT (Scholastic...

October 17, 2014

By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette

The Public Employees Insurance Agency needs to cut health-care benefits by $40 million next year — and will let insurees vote on what benefits to cut.

“We’re going to ask our constituents how they want these $40 million of benefit cuts distributed,” PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham said Thursday.

PEIA Finance Board members on Thursday approved a menu of possible cuts to take out to public hearings statewide next month,...

October 20, 2014

The Public Employee Insurance Agency is asking covered members to comment on proposed cuts that could change deductibles, copays and some coverage options next year. Several public hearings will be held around the state in November, and the PEIA Finance Board is expected to vote on the 2015-2016 benefits package in December.

Public hearings are scheduled beginning Nov. 10, 2014, and running through Nov. 20 in Beckley, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling and Charleston. See...

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