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September 21, 2016

Report: Gayle Manchin used position with NASBE to boost EpiPen
By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY

After Gayle Manchin took over the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2012, she spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.

 The association’s move helped pave the way for Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, to develop a near monopoly in...

September 22, 2016

West Virginia on the hunt for state superintendent -- again
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two years after the hiring of Michael Martirano, West Virginia is in the market for a new state superintendent of schools.

Martirano’s resignation, which he submitted Tuesday citing family reasons, takes effect June 30, 2017, allowing time for a replacement to be hired to lead the state Department of Education.

Whoever is brought on board...

September 23, 2016

Martirano finalist for job in Ocean City, Md., area
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following West Virginia state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s Tuesday announcement that he plans to leave the position June 30, 2017, a Maryland school system has announced he’s one of two finalists for the superintendent position there.

Focus group members, who will interview Martirano and fellow finalist Louis H. Taylor for the Worcester County...

September 26, 2016

Richwood turns to motel owner for help in solving school location issues 
By Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

RICHWOOD — Land made available for public use by the owner of Richwood’s Watergate Inn, following talks with Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber, could help ensure that Richwood’s middle school students remain in town until a new school is built, rather than be relocated to a site outside the community.

Land already has been cleared for...

September 28, 2016

SBA in holding pattern with flood-damaged schools
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

ROANOKE, W.Va. — The SBA’s Director of School Planning and Construction said the state is preparing for school repairs, renovations, and possible relocation projects as a result of the June 23 floods, but remains uncertain of a time table to begin any concrete planning.

“It’s very fluid, and that’s what I told the Authority members when we started this morning,” Scott...

September 29, 2016

West Virginia 'outlook negative,' according to rating agency
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The sagging coal industry and slumping natural gas profitability have led to a downgrade in West Virginia’s credit rating by Fitch, one of the big three credit rating agencies.

West Virginia has dropped to ‘AA’ from ‘AA+’

Or, as Fitch puts it, “outlook negative.”

Downgraded credit ratings mean West Virginia will have to pay...

September 29, 2016

WV school-by-school test results released
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public schools in Charleston’s more affluent South Hills area had Kanawha County’s highest standardized testing proficiency rates last school year in math and English language arts, while an elementary school on the city’s low-income West Side had Kanawha’s lowest proficiency rate in English.

Additionally, a high school led by the 2016 West Virginia Association of...

September 30, 2016

Instagram clown threat prompts restrictions at Kanawha County schools
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Outdoor activities were restricted at schools in Kanawha County Friday after a threat on Instagram against the county’s eight high schools in connection with clowns.

Several students brought the post to the attention of school security officials, Kanawha County Schools Director of Security Keith Vititoe said.

“The title of the post was ‘ain’t...

September 30, 2016

WV has second-highest student loan default rate in nation
by Jake Jarvis, WV Gazette-Mail

Of the more than 57,000 West Virginians who started to repay their federal student loans in the 2012-13 fiscal year, 8,035 have since fallen into default, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

West Virginia's 16.2 percent rate of students defaulting is the second highest in the nation, although the state's rate actually fell from last year's...

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