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May-30-2014

By Amelia Courts 
(For The Charleston Gazette)

When Gallop released its annual poll of parent satisfaction with public education last fall, they titled the report “A Nation Confused.” Perhaps much of the confusion stems from what is commonly known as the “Lake Wobegon effect” seen in the survey results themselves. While most of those surveyed give the nation’s public schools a “C” for quality, they invariably gave their own local schools an “A” or “B.”

Lake Wobegon is a...

May-30-2014

By Brandi Underwood 
Register-Herald Reporter

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayette County Schools Superintendent Keith Butcher announced Thursday that he would be leaving that position to take on the same role for Nicholas County Schools, beginning July 1.

“I have always lived in Nicholas County,” Butcher told The Register-Herald. “I have family roots there; that’s where I worked as a teacher and a principal, so when the superintendent’s position came open this time, I decided that I...

May-28-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
Register-Herald Reporter

A proposed drug testing policy for the students of the simulated work place at Academy of Careers and Technologies is on a 30-day comment period after three Raleigh County Board of Education members voted to pass it at the regular BOE meeting Tuesday.

The policy was amended at the request of BOE member Cindy Jafary, who voiced concerns about the Constitutional legality of the proposed policy.

Jafary was the only member...

May-27-2014

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps 
(For The Charleston Gazette)

Earlier this month, the nation celebrated National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week.

We would be wise to support teachers in any way we can. In an increasingly competitive, technological and connected world, our individual and collective welfare depends on education. And education depends on teachers. According to a Rand Corporation study, “when it comes to student performance on reading and math tests, a...

May-27-2014

By Gayle Manchin 
(For The Charleston Gazette)

So many factors matter when it comes to helping children succeed in school. High-quality standards and curriculum and strong teachers and leaders are clearly important elements. But another and often overlooked key to student achievement is access to nutritious food.

In West Virginia, far too many students come to school hungry each day. More than one in four children in the state are in low-income families and more than one...

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