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April-09-2015

Board reopens classroom debate on climate change, approves amended standards
By Samuel Speciale, Charleston Daily Mail 

Two months after withdrawing its controversial science education standards with modifications that would have asked students to question the scientific community’s assertion that global warming is caused by human greenhouse emissions, the West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to amend the standards once again to allow classroom debate...

April-09-2015

Schools must go 180 days, state school board says
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail   
  
The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously denied requests from 29 counties to bypass state laws that require 180 separate days of instruction, a benchmark many districts will only meet this year by pushing the last day of school well into June.

The move comes one month after the board agreed to allow county...

April-09-2015

W.Va. school board denies all make-up-day forgiveness requests
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette 
  
The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness, meaning they’ll have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

Many districts missed relatively high numbers of days this...

April-08-2015

State Board of Education says ‘no’ to waivers for missed school days

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously decided to reject all waiver requests from county school systems trying to get to the required 180 school instructional days following a tough winter.

 Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students in all 55 county school systems in West Virginia will have to complete 180 days of school before their summer...

April-07-2015

State Board of Education takes up winter weather waivers Wednesday
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Board of Education will take up waiver requests Wednesday from 27 county school systems seeking exemptions from a provision requiring 180 days of classroom instruction.

While the decisions are up to BOE members, the state superintendent of schools is not a fan of the option.

“I’m a firm believer that we need to...

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