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April-11-2014

By John Raby 
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — James Phares looked forward to the challenge and opportunity to help make a difference in a state education system under fire when he was hired in late 2012 as West Virginia’s schools superintendent.

After 18 months, Phares will be stepping down on June 30 — which he said was set long ago as the day at age 61 that he’d walk with his wife into retirement.

“I told them what my parameters were,” Phares said in an...

April-10-2014

Charleston Daily Mail (editorial)
In a few weeks, students at public schools across the state will begin standardized testing. Assessments such as WESTEST have become a rite of spring for students in certain grades. Next year, WESTEST2 will be replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Yet there are many more. At some point in their school career, students are likely to face the NAEP, TSAT, ACT Plan, ACT Explore, Compass and more standardized tests to measure various things...

April-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares said he’s looking at the state Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s proposal to expand summer athletic practices from several different viewpoints.

“I’m not going to answer it just as a state superintendent but also as a former teacher, a former coach, former high school principal and a former local superintendent,” he told MetroNews Thursday during a break in the state...

April-09-2014

By Brandi Underwood 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

The Fayette County Board of Education met in regular session Monday to discuss items ranging from student accomplishments to salary changes for school principals.

Beginning the meeting, several students from Collins Middle School’s marketing class were recognized by the board for their accomplishments at a recent state competition.

Collins Middle School is currently the only middle school participating in the...

April-09-2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer  
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  
 
Marshall County students and teachers will see two extra days off Thanksgiving break for the beginning of hunting season next year after the the Marshall County Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the calendar at its Tuesday meeting.

The change was made after a recent public meeting in which several Cameron residents expressed concern about keeping school open on the first day of...

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