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July-29-2014

By Misty Poe 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The state didn’t do a very good job of “telling the story” of Common Core Standards, state school board president Gayle Manchin said Monday morning, which opened the door for an onslaught of public and administrative criticism of something few understand.

Speaking to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network at the Fairmont Woman’s Club, Manchin said the issue of Common Core has been politicized and “confusion has...

July-28-2014

For the (Mineral Daily) News-Tribune

ROMNEY - West Virginia State Sen. Donald H. Cookman has been working for several months with West Virginia legislative staff to draft legislation that aims to protect the jobs of the current child care workers of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
  
Several members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have pledged their support for the bill.

This has been an ongoing process and the idea of the...

July-28-2014

By Erin Timony 
The State Journal

Amid packing and unpacking boxes, preparing to move across state lines and focusing on the basics of food and shelter, Michael Martirano is looking forward to new opportunities awaiting him in the Mountain State.

The West Virginia Board of Education selected Martirano as state superintendent following a nationwide search. As part of the process, the national search firm, Ray and Associates Inc., engaged 248 individuals regarding the...

July-21-2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County students missed 19 days of school last year, leaving them with 168 days of instruction after seven of those days were made up.

If the state’s new rules, which will be implemented in the 2014-15 academic year, would have been in effect last year, students would have made up all 19 of their snow days to have a total 180 instructional days for that year.

If that was the case, students would have been in...

July-17-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When history teacher Steve Sayre steps into the classroom this fall it will be his 36th year. For the last seven, he’s taught at Ripley High School in Jackson County but he’s not your average teacher. Sayre’s focus is on advanced placement classes.

“It has expanded from AP U.S. history. I restarted the (AP) World history program and then this past year started the AP European history,” explained Sayre.

He said...

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