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August 17, 2015

State PTA president urges parental involvement
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia PTA President Janelle Sperry urged parents to get involved in their children’s education this upcoming year.

“I think that one thing that, as a parent, we can do to help our children in school is just to become more educated ourselves on what’s impacting their education.” said Sperry.

When schools host activities, Sperry motivates parents to attend...

August 17, 2015

Including first lady, 165 get more than $80K in WV state pensions
By Joel Ebert, Staff Writer and Samuel Speciale, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s first lady, newly retired from her longtime position as the president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, is now drawing more than $110,000 in annual retirement benefits, according to state pension data.

Joanne Tomblin, who retired in June after 15 years at the helm of the college...

August 18, 2015

State has 3rd highest default rate for federal student loans
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette-mail

Presidential contenders’ increasing talk of alleviating the massive U.S. college student debt burden has outsize implications for West Virginia – which has, according to the latest federal data, the country’s third-highest default rate on federal student loans.

Nearly 6,700, or 18.2 percent, of the Mountain State’s roughly 36,700 students who...

August 18, 2015

W.Va. not losing businesses over taxes, lawmakers told
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
    
West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette delivered a message Monday that many state lawmakers likely didn’t want to hear: Business taxes aren’t scaring away companies looking to expand operations in the Mountain State.

Legislators are eying possible cuts to taxes on businesses’ inventory, machinery and equipment, but Burdette said his office...

August 18, 2015

Burdette: aspects of West Virginia workforce part of obstacle in business recruitment
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette says what the state needs most is more educated, trained workers.

Burdette appeared before the special legislative committee on tax reform Monday and told members taxes are down in West Virginia and the cost of doing business is a selling point as he tries to recruit new business...

August 24, 2015

Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids' tests
By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey.

The Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. Among those with children in public schools opposition was...

August 25, 2015

Bus stop running video in Kanawha County prompts pledges for law change
By WV MetroNews Staff

The majority leader in the state Senate is promising quick action from lawmakers on a law change that would let law enforcement officers more easily punish those who fail to stop for school buses as required by law.

“We want to make darn sure with our laws that they have complete authority to utilize that information to save children’s lives. That’s our whole...

August 25, 2015

Kessler will propose tobacco hike to cover community college tuition
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sen. Jeff Kessler wants to make community and technical college in West Virginia free for qualifying students, a promise he said can be funded by raising the state’s tobacco tax.

On Monday, the Marshall County Democrat told the Gazette-Mail he will introduce tobacco tax legislation in January that could raise more than $100 million in...

August 25, 2015

Fayette superintendent to share proposed reconfiguration plan Thursday
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

Residents, many of whom are parents, will finally get details Thursday about how the school district plans to improve conditions, education and finances in Fayette County.
 
Fayette Superintendent Terry George said he will unveil his proposed reconfiguration plans for Fayette County Schools at 6 p.m. Thursday at Midland Trail High School....

August 26, 2015

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — With 29 terrified students looking on, a West Virginia high school teacher managed to calm a 14-year-old student who pointed a gun at her in her classroom, giving a police chief time to arrive and convince the boy to free his peers and surrender, authorities said.

No one was hurt Tuesday in the hostage-taking drama that rocked a high...

August 27, 2015

Martirano, in wake of Barbour incident: Bullying must be reported
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — The teen boy who held 27 fellow students and one teacher hostage at Philip Barbour High School Tuesday may have been looking for the student or students who’d bullied him, according to the boy’s pastor.

Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools, could not confirm that report on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” but, in general,...

August 28, 2015

Parkersburg priest asks to wear religious habit while teaching
By Michael Erb, For The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

PARKERSBURG - A Roman Catholic priest recently hired as a substitute teacher for Wood County Schools has requested permission to wear his religious habit while in the classroom.

The Rev. George Nedeff, 75, addressed the Wood County Board of Education briefly on Tuesday. Nedeff, who is a member of the religious order SOLT, the Society...

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