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August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WVEA Communications Staff

WVEA Statement on Justice Party Switch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WVEA was surprised by the recent announcement of the switch to the Republican party by Governor Jim Justice. Governor Justice was endorsed by WVEA-PAC in the primary and general election.

“Our support of Governor Justice during the election process was not based upon party affiliation but his response to a series of...

August 8, 2017

Amid RESA leader departures, school officials discuss new options
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

ROANOKE — As the state’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies approach their legally ordained demise next summer, county school board members, public school system superintendents, executive directors of the regional agencies and others heard information Saturday on how county school systems can continue to share school-related services.

The...

August 8, 2017

State officials reconsider allowing homemade food at school parties
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education now is proposing allowing homemade food to be brought into public schools to be shared for “special events,” a reversal of its previous proposal to keep banning sharing such foods, and it’s seemingly going further by proposing allowing homemade food and non-nutritional food to be provided as snacks.

In...

August 8, 2017

MetroNews coverage of WVEA statement on Justice
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Education Association still supports Gov. Jim Justice, according to union president Dale Lee.

Lee said he’s met with the governor since he changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican and Justice remains behind the union’s priorities.

“He desires to make public education a centerpiece for economic development. He...

August 10, 2017

Final Smarter Balanced test results released
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students are more proficient in English language arts than math, according to results from last spring’s Smarter Balanced Assessment released Wednesday during the state Board of Education meeting.

Math scores improved in grades 4-8 and 11 but students are still testing at about 33 percent proficiency, according to Dr. Lou Maynus, assistant...

August 10, 2017

State BOE approves nutrition policy for West Virginia public schools
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jan. 2, 2018 is the take effect date for a new nutrition policy for West Virginia’s public schools.

On Thursday, the state Board of Education approved Policy 4321.1 Standards for School Nutrition as a replacement for a previous nutrition policy dating back to 2008.

In general, it aligns West Virginia’s child nutrition standards...

August 14, 2017

Two-thirds of WV's high school seniors apply for financial aid
Jake Jarvis , Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nearly two-thirds of all high school seniors in West Virginia had completed an important application by the end of June, according to the state's Higher Education Policy Commission.

The application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step for students to earn the Promise Scholarship and to qualify for other forms of federal student...

August 24, 2017

State school board to appeal judge's decision on Nicholas consolidation
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia board of education, following an executive session, voted unanimously to reject a plan by Nicholas County to consolidate local schools or to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

There was no discussion in public of the decision, just a vote. Board member Dave Perry made the motion.

The board issued a statement...

August 28, 2017

WV’s ESSA plan seeing further changes, praise, criticism
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s proposed federal Every Student Succeeds Act compliance plan, which includes a planned new public school accountability system plus plans for how to improve schools that score low in that system, is seeing significant changes and public praise and criticism ahead of its scheduled submission to the U.S. Education Department next month.

Among...