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July 13, 2015

Gayle Manchin: Back to square one after Fayette County bond failure
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. After a $39 million bond referendum to renovate Fayette County Schools was soundly defeated last month, state Board of Education member Gayle Manchin recently weighed-in on what the next step is for the school system.

If the bond had passed, it would have been used to build a new elementary school in Mount Hope, a new middle school in...

July 13, 2015

Gayle Manchin: back to square one for Fayette County Schools after bond failure
By Matt Maccaro , MetroNews

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. — After a $39 million bond referendum to renovate Fayette County Schools was soundly defeated last month, state Board of Education member Gayle Manchin recently weighed-in on what the next step is for the school system.

If the bond had passed, it would have been used to build a new elementary school in Mount Hope, a new middle...

July 13, 2015

New state BOE president says school doors are not limits for learning
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Students no longer have to physically be in school to learn and Mike Green, the new president of the West Virginia Board of Education, said school systems must continually adapt to the new education reality, now 24/7, to improve student achievement.

“Our children have the ability, because of what we have in technology — because they have iPads and...

July 13, 2015

W.Va. Schools Ponder Math Classes
By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Educators across West Virginia are adding up whether new standards for high school mathematics under Common Core are effective, or if a new sequence for the curriculum is needed in the equation.

Currently high schools offer Math 1, 2 and 3 classes that integrate the concepts previously taught in algebra, geometry and trigonometry classes...

July 13, 2015

Proposed teacher insurance plan a ‘union-buster’ and out of touch
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

A request that the West Virginia Board of Education consider backing a state-funded teacher liability insurance plan, while termed a measure of good will by one school board member, has labor union officials once again saying lawmakers are out of touch with educators.

Proposed last week by school board member Wade Linger, the plan would extend...

July 13, 2015

Rep. McKinley desires more local control in education
By Alex Wiederspiel, MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill by a 218-213 vote last Wednesday that reauthorizes No Child Left Behind, but could threaten the standards known as Common Core.

This is the first reauthorization of No Child Left Behind since 2007.

Republican David McKinley (WV-1) was one of the 218 members of the House to vote for that...

July 14, 2015

Dr. Elaine Heffner: Control or educate?
The Mineral Daily News-Tribune

A question that surfaces in discussions about education and one also raised by parents is how to deal with children who are difficult to manage or control. Parents may speak of children “not listening” or who are given to temper outbursts. Teachers also speak of children who are inattentive, provocative and confrontational.

Too often, such children are pegged as having attention...

July 16, 2015

Ohio County school board ditches phone-in meeting option
By Associated Press wire and staff reports

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Ohio County Board of Education has ended the practice of allowing members to call in to meetings, collecting $160 for participating each time they do.

The Intelligencer reports that the board voted 3-2 Monday to abolish the policy.The school district’s attorney and the board consulted the state Ethics Commission ahead of the vote....

July 16, 2015

State improves pension rankings
By Samuel Speciale, Capitol reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

The country’s public employee pension funding shortfall is set to eclipse $1 trillion, according to new research from the Pew Charitable Trust, but the study has found that states like West Virginia have made significant moves since the 2008 recession to close that gap.

According to the report, released Tuesday and presented to state retirement officials on...

July 16, 2015

Martirano takes questions on Common Core during “Talkline” appearance
By Jeff Jenkins in News | July 16, 2015 at 1:40PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano took calls from across the state Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.” Martirano addressed the Common Core (Next Generation) teaching standards that have caused lots of debate in West Virginia.

Martirano spent time explaining Common Core.

“It’s a set of standards in...

July 17, 2015

Manchin, Capito vote to rewrite decades-old education law
By Sam Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito voted Thursday to overhaul a decades-old education law that promises to roll back federal oversight of schools and shift more control to states and local-level educators.

Manchin and Capito applauded the bipartisan effort to pass the Every Child Achieves Act, which serves as a rewrite of the outdated and now-...

July 21, 2015

Campaign aims to double low income students' proficiency rates
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Of the 60 percent of West Virginia students who come from low-income backgrounds, only a third can read proficiently by the end of third grade.

That’s according to Charlotte Webb, coordinator of elementary education for the state Department of Education and state leader for the West Virginia Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a...

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