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February 3, 2015

Governor’s juvenile justice proposals focused on early intervention
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Earlier interventions and more community-based programming are key parts of the legislative package for juvenile justice reforms in West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing at the State House.

“The idea is – how do we get involved early enough where we can stop kids from actually entering the courtroom and fix these small...

February 4, 2015

Bill proposed by Legislature could complicate American history teaching
By Alex Wiederspiel, WDTV

A bill that was sent to the Education Committee in the House of Delegates last month hopes to improve student's understanding of American history, but does the new bill go to far in trying to accomplish this?

Under H.B. 2107, students wouldn't be able to graduate from high school without three semesters of American history, and they can't take any classes...

February 4, 2015

Senate committee passes prevailing wage law on partisan vote
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Legislation to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law (SB361) passed the Senate Government Organization Committee Tuesday evening on a partisan 8-5 vote, although the committee chairman said he believes there is still time to work on a compromise short of an outright repeal of the law.

“There’s going to be some work done to be able to get the negotiations...

February 5, 2015

Capital principal faces charge after failing to report alleged sexual assault
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter; Charleston Daily Mail

Clinton Giles Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles was suspended Tuesday following charges that he neglected to report an alleged sexual assault that occurred at his school last month.

Giles was charged with a misdemeanor Tuesday morning for not reporting the Jan. 26 assault of a 15-year-old female student,...

February 5, 2015

Sarah Logan: An effective alternative teacher certification

A native West Virginian, I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

After some soul-searching and long conversations with my mother, a teacher, I decided a career in teaching would be interesting and rewarding.

My research led me to Teach for America. My heart leapt at the idea of moving to an “exotic” place, earning my teaching certification, and serving underprivileged children...

February 6, 2015

State Ed. officials say they’re not in the charter schools loop
By Samuel Speciale, Charleston Daily Mail

Debate over a bill that would authorize county school boards to form charter schools in West Virginia became heated Thursday when Department of Education officials were asked to explain their involvement in the drafting process, or the lack thereof.

State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, invited department officials and state Board of Education President...

February 9, 2015

Capital High principal retires
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles has retired, after being charged last week with failing to immediately report an alleged sexual assault at his school

Giles -- who led Capital, Kanawha County’s largest school in the 2013-14 school year, for 13 years -- had been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the misdemeanor charge against him concerning his handling of...

February 9, 2015

Charter school discussion to continue Tuesday in Senate education committee
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate Education Committee Chairman Sen. Dave Sypolt is the first to admit he doesn’t know how a charter school operates but what he does know is that it’s hard to argue with a concept that begins with community and parental involvement.

Sypolt (R-Preston) said he plans to have the charter school bill on his committee’s...

February 10, 2015

Marple’s lawsuit against state board moves forward
By Kate White, The Charleston Gazette

A judge Monday denied a request by an attorney for the West Virginia Board of Education to allow the Supreme Court to decide whether former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple was an at-will employee.

Victor Flanagan, the school board’s lawyer, said immediately letting the high court decide whether Marple served at the will and pleasure of the state would save...

February 12, 2015

State Dept. of Education wants less standardized testing
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Department of Education wants the state school board to, at least temporarily, reduce statewide standardized testing and allow math classes to be taught in the order they were before the movement to Common Core-based standards.

At Thursday’s board meeting, the department plans to recommend allowing schools to eliminate social studies...

February 12, 2015

State superintendent of schools hires chief of staff     
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter
 
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano has hired a chief of staff who will oversee the day-to-day operations of his office.

While the state Department of Education has not yet made an announcement, the hiring of Jill Newman, a retired U.S. Army official from Scott Depot, is listed on the state Board of Education’s February meeting...

February 13, 2015

State school board eases end-of-year testing requirement
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education will not use test scores to determine teacher and school performance grades for at least one year and voted Wednesday to relax some of its testing policies while the state transitions to a new set of standardized assessments.

End-of-year student assessments, for years, have included mandatory testing in...

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