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By The Associated Press

WAYNE, W.Va. — West Virginia is kicking off a $300,000 advertising push to promote education beyond high school.

Gov. Earl Tomblin announced the initiative at Wayne High School on Wednesday.

The My State, My Life campaign will focus on television, radio, movie theaters, print distribution and social media.

The campaign targets middle- and high-school students. Its messaging stresses that students can build dream careers in West Virginia,...


By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded West Virginia $21 million to help prepare students for college and the workforce.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant will support college planning and readiness services across 10 counties in the state, serving 17,000 students over the next several years, according to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

The GEAR UP...


By Samuel Speciale 
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

It has only been a week since Michael Martirano became state superintendent, but the schools chief already has his sights set on improving student achievement in West Virginia.

In a Daily Mail editorial board meeting Friday, Martirano said he wants to see drastic improvements, but acknowledges that change doesn’t happen overnight.

“I’ve always said it’s a journey, not a sprint,” he said. “But we have to think with the...


By Mackenzie Mays - The Charleston Gazette

Nearly one in three public school students in West Virginia missed at least five days of class last year without an excuse, according to data from the state Department of Education. That marks those students as truant, which could mean fines, court hearings or even jail time for parents.

A handful of school districts in the state had more than half of their students miss at least five unexcused days during the 2013-14 school year, with...


By David Gutman 
The Charleston Gazette

More than one in four kids in West Virginia lives in poverty. That’s nearly 100,000 kids.

One in three West Virginia kids under the age of 5 lives in poverty.

Those numbers come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, which showed a statistically significant increase in child poverty in West Virginia for the first time since at least 2009.

In West Virginia, 27 percent of kids and 33 percent of...