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February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education is in the preliminary phases of determining what aspects of student achievement will be considered when the state makes the switch to an A-F labeling system for schools in the fall.

The state will swap its old five-category accountability system -- which the state Department of Education unveiled in May when it received a No Child Left Behind waiver -- to move to what...

February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Wednesday to hire its first-ever full-time attorney, whose job will be specifically to tend to the board's needs -- not the Department of Education as a whole.

The state Department of Education already employs two full-time attorneys: Heather Hutchens-Deskins, who makes more than $100,200, and Sherri Goodman, who makes more than $85,000.

Charleston-based...

February-13-2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS

Dunbar, W.Va. -- Some industry estimates say there are up to 600,000 jobs vacant across the country, because there aren't workers with the right skill sets to fill those positions: from manufacturing to technical trades.

So this year, 26 schools across West Virginia launched a brand new program called the "simulated workplace." It's not exactly an ordinary way of learning -- but it's a method that students and teachers are confident will help prepare...

February-12-2014

By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Amid a push for more transparency in West Virginia's teacher hiring process, state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares is denying accusations he played a part in his son's recent hiring as a teacher.

Last year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill -- which also de-emphasized seniority in the hiring process -- gave teachers the ability to weigh in on hiring decisions at their school alongside principals. But if a school's faculty...

February-12-2014

By Tricia Lynn Strader -, journal-news.net 

BERKELEY SPRINGS - A Jefferson County circuit court judge has dismissed a challenge to a special school levy election set for May 13 in Morgan County.

In January, attorney Michael L. Scales filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents Dorothea Jeannie Ford, Frieda Ickes and Kent "Brooks" McCumbee. The complaint said according West Virginia Code 18-9-1, the school board can only present a previously defeated levy vote again at a general...

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