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February-23-2017

WVUTeach receives more funding to train math and science teachers
By Sunshine Wiles, WV MetroNews

A teaching program at WVU that is really in its infancy is picking up steam and funding.

Two years ago the university received a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to start training science and math teachers at the secondary level through WVUTeach. This month, WVU announced a new $1.2 million grant from the National Science...

February-23-2017

Dismantling WV Education and the Arts Department eyed
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House Education Committee, in a voice vote with a few nays heard, passed Wednesday night a bill that would eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts and transfer most of the agencies it contains elsewhere in state government.

House Bill 2524, of which committee Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, is the lead sponsor, also would essentially...

February-22-2017

Requirement for 180 separate days of school instruction dropped in Senate bill
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A bill moving at the State Capitol two weeks into the 2017 Regular Legislative Session would end West Virginia’s existing requirement for 180 separate days of instruction in the Mountain State’s schools.

“I think that, in the end, you’ll have better results with this,” predicted Senate Education Committee Chair Kenny Mann (R-Monroe, 10) who spoke...

February-20-2017

Help needed for state DOE Summer Feeding Program
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

The state Department of Education is searching for organizations to help feed children across West Virginia this summer.

“We have a high number of kids that need to be fed through the summer that depend on our school breakfast and lunch,” said Cybele Boehm, coordinator of the Summer Food Service Program.

The program needs community groups to help provide children with...

February-16-2017

State school board nixes 9th, 10th grade math and English standardized testing
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a quick string of votes Thursday morning, the West Virginia Board of Education, newly dominated by appointees of Gov. Jim Justice, voted to eliminate math and English language arts standardized testing in ninth and 10th grades, effective this spring, and to move away from the current Smarter Balanced tests after this spring.

It’s still...

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