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April-27-2015

Innerviews: Trail-blazing teacher built fruitful life on hometown values
By Sandy Wells, The Charleston Gazette

In the category of trail blazing, Jada Hunter cut a swath as wide as an interstate highway. A coal miner’s daughter reared in humble but loving circumstances, she lives in the town she was born in, a tightly-knit community near Williamson called Chattaroy. She recalls a seamless transition to school integration in a place where blacks were relegated to...

April-27-2015

Testing opt out comes with consequences in Harrison County
By Aaron Payne, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – As parents across the state opt out their students from the new Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium tests, one county warns that option comes with consequences.

“Though I respect people’s decisions, I hope they respect ours,” Harrison County Superintendent Mark Manchin said. “We simply can not allow them to opt out, or decide that they don’t want...

April-27-2015

Opting in, opting out: Schools begin Smarter Balanced assessment tests
By Erin Timony, The State Journal

When Spring Valley High School junior Carri Pertee's parents submitted an opt-out form to exempt her from taking the West Virginia General Summative Assessment about a month ago, it was a quiet decision with no argument from the school.

However, word slowly spread among parents and students that opting out of the test was possible. More students began...

April-24-2015

Forecaster says 2016 governor's race 'leans Republican'
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than a year ahead of West Virginia’s primary election, a political prognosticator from the University of Virginia is classifying the 2016 race for governor as “leans Republican.”

The status was “toss-up” last week before U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declined to enter the race.

Kyle Kondik, managing editor for Larry Sabato’s Crystal...

April-23-2015

Social studies important part of education
The following is a letter to the editor published in the Charleston Gazette from former WVBE member Pricilla Haden.

Editor:

The West Virginia State Board of Education recently approved a plan to eliminate Social Studies standardized testing in all grades.

I do recognize the need for less testing. However, the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe test that is exempt from the ban on testing could be given...

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