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High school graduation rate hits all-time high
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More high school students are graduating in West Virginia than ever before now, with just under 90 percent of the seniors in the Class of 2016 collecting diplomas.

“I’m very hopeful for the Class of 2017 that they will be the first class to carry us over the threshold of 90 percent and then we go even higher because, for me, when one child drops out of high...


West Virginia's graduation rate improves again, nearing 90%
By WVEA Communications staff

West Virginia's high school graduation rate was near 90 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano announced Tuesday. The graduation rate was 89.81 percent.

“No other metric is more important in validating our progress than our graduation rate,” Martirano said in a statement. “When more young people achieve and graduate,...


Working family rallies scheduled for four cities
By WV MetroNews staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The labor movement in West Virginia and the state Democratic Party have what they call “Working Family” rallies scheduled for next week.

The rallies are in connection with encouraging people to get out and vote this election year.

Rallies are scheduled to take place in Huntington, Elkins, Charleston and Morgantown.

“With two weeks until Election Day...


Tomblin believes next governor will have to raise taxes
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia’s next governor will have to raise taxes.

“My opinion is there is not enough money unless a governor wants to come in and cut complete departments or complete programs out,” Tomblin said during a recent appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

The state’s budget woes of recent years have been well-documented...


Boone official estimates textbooks would cost $556K
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County’s assistant schools superintendent said earlier this month that drastic budget cuts meant only sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders have textbooks in their classrooms this school year.

Lisa Beck said students in the other grades have neither personal books nor classroom sets. She said classroom sets generally stay in the classrooms, but teachers can...