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July-23-2015

State funding for local truancy officers now available
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s 55 schools districts can now apply for state funding to help combat excessive absences in public schools.

The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting applications from county boards of education for funding to hire a local truancy diversion specialist.

Those county level specialists will work directly with students...

July-21-2015

KIDS COUNT: Child poverty a growing problem in W.Va.
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There are 13,000 more West Virginia children living in poverty than there were in 2008, according to the newly released KIDS COUNT data book.

Margie Hale, the Executive Director of KIDS COUNT said the povery statistics among children are alarming.

“We learned from the 2015 data book that 100,000 children are living in poverty in West Virginia,” she said...

July-21-2015

Too soon to know if PEIA retiree premiums will rise
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Days after the state Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board was notified the plan will need nearly $60 million of premium increases for active state employee coverage for the 2016-17 plan year, Administration officials said it is too early to tell if similar increases will be needed for retiree health coverage.

“By September or October, they’ll have...

July-21-2015

Martirano: Next year's testing may be moved back
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he plans to work with interested parties in the coming months to change the time of standardized testing next school year.

“The misnomer is that once testing occurs, that instruction ends,” Martirano said last week on MetroNews Talkline. “So we’re looking to push that testing window back. I’ll be working with...

July-21-2015

Campaign aims to double low income students' proficiency rates
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Of the 60 percent of West Virginia students who come from low-income backgrounds, only a third can read proficiently by the end of third grade.

That’s according to Charlotte Webb, coordinator of elementary education for the state Department of Education and state leader for the West Virginia Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a...

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