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May-14-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Several Kanawha County school board candidates are promising to fight against the state’s implementation of Common Core Standards if they are elected, but it’s not that easy.

Nearly every state in the country has adopted the standards, which pledge to focus on more meaningful, real-world applications to prepare students for college and a career.

Indiana is the only state to totally opt out, with critics fearing a national...

May-08-2014

By Lydia Nuzum 
The Charleston Gazette

When Gaston Caperton was in the second grade, his teacher noticed him struggling to read and began to suspect the future governor of West Virginia might have dyslexia, a common learning disorder.

“Ms. Robinson called my parents and said, ‘Gaston has a problem,’” he recalled. “Because of her, and because of parents who really paid attention to me and gave the effort, I’ve had a successful life.”

Caperton, the 31st governor of...

May-06-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Three Kanawha County Board of Education candidates have been asked to pull or revise their campaign ads after violating a policy that forbids footage featuring school property.

Becky Jordon, Calvin McKinney and Vic Sprouse all featured public schools in some form in their campaign ads but have since resolved those issues, according to Kanawha County Schools attorney Jim Withrow.

“We consider that taking videos in a school...

May-05-2014

By Jesse J. Holland 
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON- U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help...

May-02-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
The Register-Herald

BECKLEY — Three Raleigh County Board of Education members have been awarded the Margaret Baldwin Friend of Education award by the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA).

Raleigh BOE Vice President Larry Ford and BOE members Cindy Jafary and Sally Susman were honored at a WVEA delegate banquet in Charleston on April 25, taking their place on a “Friend of Education” honoree list that also includes past West Virginia governors Arch...

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