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October 3, 2016

Report shows increase in child victims served at WV Child Advocacy Centers
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

Child Advocacy Centers in West Virginia have served more than 3,500 children in last year, which is a 50 percent increase in the last five years, according to a report released by the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.

“I don’t think that it means there’s more child abuse in West Virginia, but rather that Child Advocacy Centers are beginning to...

October 4, 2016

Boone cuts mean some students don't have science textbooks
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The budget cuts that slashed Boone County public school employees’ pay and benefits this school year have also meant many Boone students don’t have science textbooks. Boone Assistant Superintendent Lisa Beck said the public school system got rid of its over-a-decade-old science books around the end of last school year.

“In the end of May and the first of...

October 4, 2016

Mary C. Snow principal wants off year-round calendar; calls scores tragic
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The new principal of Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary said Monday she’d like for the high-poverty area school to get off the year-round calendar.

Cheryl Plear said she had about 320 students show up to the Charleston school on its actual first day, July 12, but about a hundred more showed up about three weeks later, on Aug. 8, the date...

October 4, 2016

Kanawha school start date survey sees high number of responses
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

An online voting survey on the school start date in Kanawha County has seen several thousand responses, too many to be plausible according to the district’s superintendent.

Dr. Ron Duerring said the input on the survey, which was launched Sept. 16 and has four options, possibly will have to be altered.

“We’ve not done anything like this before, but we...

October 4, 2016

Kanawha school start date survey sees high number of responses
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

An online voting survey on the school start date in Kanawha County has seen several thousand responses, too many to be plausible according to the district’s superintendent.

Dr. Ron Duerring said the input on the survey, which was launched Sept. 16 and has four options, possibly will have to be altered.

“We’ve not done anything like this before, but we...

October 4, 2016

Gubernatorial debate format will be more traditional
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The first of two debates in the race for governor in West Virginia will take place Tuesday night at the Clay Center in Charleston when Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Justice and Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole take the stage at the Walker Theatre at 7 p.m.

The one-hour debate, sponsored by the West Virginia Press Association and West Virginia AARP, will be...

October 5, 2016

Kiss to recommend spending cuts to Tomblin; revenues down $80 million
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday his office will be making recommendations to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the next few weeks on how to cut the current state budget after the latest revenue collections missed estimates.

September tax collections fell short by $32.2 million putting the state behind $81.2 million after the first three months of the...

October 10, 2016

Report: Large portions of families' income needed to pay for W.Va. higher education
By Bill Frye Register-Herald Reporter

A new report compiled by the Southern Regional Education Board details how much the Mountain State’s higher education costs affect the state’s families.

The report was commissioned by the SREB through the Higher Education Policy Institute to detail data and trends to assist state policymakers in “assessing the dimensions of the...

October 12, 2016

State board to take up Martirano resignation
By WV MetroNews staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education meets in regular session Wednesday afternoon and will take up the resignation letter of state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Martirano announced last month that he’ll serve through next June and then take a job closer to his children in Maryland. Martirano’s wife died earlier this year and he’s said he needs to be...

October 12, 2016

Democratic candidate for auditor wants biweekly pay survey
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

If elected, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia auditor said Tuesday she would commission a survey of state employees about the state’s ongoing switch to a new payroll system.

After a change to a 26-week pay-period system, most state workers receive their paychecks every two weeks instead of twice a month. Many employees have grumbled they’re being...

October 12, 2016

State Board of Education makes changes to science test administration
By WVEA Communications staff

The general science assessment that has been administered in grade 4 will be administered to fifth-grade students this spring, and the science assessment previously administered in grade 6 will be given to eighth graders in the spring. Students in 10th grade will continue to take the high school general science assessment in that grade.

The state Board of...

October 13, 2016

State board changes science testing grades, sets A-F cut scores
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to change the grade levels in which public school students take end-of-year science standardized tests and set cut scores to determine the broader grades for entire schools in the upcoming A-F accountability system.

Board members approved both moves in voice votes with no nays heard. Of the nine...

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