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November-17-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple’s lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education will move forward.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky last week denied the school board’s request for Marple’s wrongful termination case to be dismissed.

Charleston attorney Victor Flanagan, who is representing the school board, asked in a court hearing in September that all charges against the board and former...

November-16-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval 
WV MetroNews

Government bureaucracy announcements of plans to reorganize are often met with a fair amount of eye-rolling.  After meetings, studies and more meetings, the deck chairs get rearranged and life goes on pretty much as it was before.

In West Virginia, education reformers have been stonewalled by the “third rail” of education politics—the 55 separate and distinct county school systems.  Communities value the autonomy of the local school board...

November-15-2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State education officials say a new “balanced governance” plan will redirect money back into West Virginia’s classrooms by eliminating positions in school board offices across the state and using that money to directly benefit students.

The five-year plan — proposed by the state Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance — would make major changes to the way the state’s 55 school districts...

November-13-2014

By Jeff Jenkins 
WV MetroNews

The state Board of Education decided Wednesday to put out for public comment a report looking at the future of the state’s 55 school districts.

The board’s School District Governance and Administration Commission recently completed its report that recommends keeping all county school districts but using regional education offices to combine some services. Commission chairman and state school board member Tom Campbell said the money saved...

November-13-2014

By Stephen Huba 
For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - With both houses of the West Virginia Legislature now in Republican hands, public school teachers are looking to Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for support in their drive to get a pay raise for the second consecutive year.

At Monday's Hancock County Board of Education meeting, Melanie Donofe, president of the Hancock County Education Association, and board President Jerry Durante acknowledged that Republican...

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