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April 7, 2015

Unions say certification bill doesn’t answer issue of competitive pay for teachers
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter  
  
While Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s signing of the alternative teacher certification bill last week has been lauded for providing a way to fill classroom vacancies, union representatives say it doesn’t address the real issue of teachers leaving West Virginia for higher-paying jobs in neighboring states.

“Until we start addressing...

April 7, 2015

Alternative teacher certification law to take effect in June
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV Metronews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The chair of the House Education Committee has a goal of possibly filling 100 teaching vacancies in West Virginia through the alternative teacher certification methods that will soon be permitted under state law.

House Education Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51)

Delegate Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51) said student success...

April 7, 2015

State Board of Education takes up winter weather waivers Wednesday
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Board of Education will take up waiver requests Wednesday from 27 county school systems seeking exemptions from a provision requiring 180 days of classroom instruction.

While the decisions are up to BOE members, the state superintendent of schools is not a fan of the option.

“I’m a firm believer that we need to...

April 8, 2015

State Board of Education says ‘no’ to waivers for missed school days

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously decided to reject all waiver requests from county school systems trying to get to the required 180 school instructional days following a tough winter.

 Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students in all 55 county school systems in West Virginia will have to complete 180 days of school before their summer...

April 9, 2015

W.Va. school board denies all make-up-day forgiveness requests
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette 
  
The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness, meaning they’ll have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

Many districts missed relatively high numbers of days this...

April 9, 2015

Schools must go 180 days, state school board says
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail   
  
The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously denied requests from 29 counties to bypass state laws that require 180 separate days of instruction, a benchmark many districts will only meet this year by pushing the last day of school well into June.

The move comes one month after the board agreed to allow county...

April 9, 2015

Board reopens classroom debate on climate change, approves amended standards
By Samuel Speciale, Charleston Daily Mail 

Two months after withdrawing its controversial science education standards with modifications that would have asked students to question the scientific community’s assertion that global warming is caused by human greenhouse emissions, the West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to amend the standards once again to allow classroom debate...

April 9, 2015

The West Virginia Board of Education doesn’t get much attention, but its members are some of the most influential people in state government.
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The West Virginia Board of Education drew national criticism in December after members voted to adopt new science education standards that intentionally cast doubt on human-influenced global climate change. The Charleston Gazette¬ broke...

April 10, 2015

W. Va. Board of Education OKs science standards with edit of temperature ‘change,’ instead of ‘rise’
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer   
  
The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday adopted new K-12 science education standards, but not without adding changes suggested by board member Wade Linger to the teaching of global warming.

The amendments came despite significant local and national criticism of Linger’s previous suggested changes to the...

April 10, 2015

What matters most: Quantity or quality
Exponent- Telegram Editorial

It appears that Gov. Tomblin and the state Board of Education are intent on seeing that state schoolchildren complete 180 days of school come hell or high water — or, as the case may be, Winter Storm Thor.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness, meaning those districts will have to extend the...

April 10, 2015

State board correct to uphold 180-day standard for schools
Herald Dispatch editorial

Last month, members of the West Virginia Board of Education sent out the signal that it would consider letting county school systems off the hook for meeting the state's requirement of conducting classes 180 days during the school year.

That signal - made by the board's approval on March 11 of a process for counties to request a waiver from the requirement - was the wrong...

April 13, 2015

Amended science standards called ‘progress’
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer   
  
Some groups that denounced now-rejected changes to West Virginia’s upcoming K-12 science standards regarding global warming are disappointed in new modifications but view them as less harmful than the previous version.

“It still represents progress, as far as we’re concerned,” said Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that...

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