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August-17-2015

Including first lady, 165 get more than $80K in WV state pensions
By Joel Ebert, Staff Writer and Samuel Speciale, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s first lady, newly retired from her longtime position as the president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, is now drawing more than $110,000 in annual retirement benefits, according to state pension data.

Joanne Tomblin, who retired in June after 15 years at the helm of the college...

August-17-2015

State PTA president urges parental involvement
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia PTA President Janelle Sperry urged parents to get involved in their children’s education this upcoming year.

“I think that one thing that, as a parent, we can do to help our children in school is just to become more educated ourselves on what’s impacting their education.” said Sperry.

When schools host activities, Sperry motivates parents to attend...

August-17-2015

W.Va. Education Association president calls teacher shortage ‘a crisis’
By Carrie Hodousek at MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Teacher shortages across the state need to be addressed through higher pay, said the West Virginia Education Association’s president.

“We have a crisis in West Virginia,” Dale Lee told MetroNews “Talkline” as students returned to classes. “It’s simply that we don’t pay our teachers competitive salaries.”
Raleigh County schools...

August-14-2015

Money awarded for students to take AP tests
By Megan Kennedy, Staff Writer , Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia students taking Advanced Placement courses can now get help paying for the tests from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday that it has awarded $79,443 to West Virginia to give to students who cannot afford the final AP tests at their schools. Other recipients of the money include 37 other states, the...

August-13-2015

Math scores called ‘unacceptable’ by union leader
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students spent four hours less on average than students in other states who took the Smarter Balanced assessment test.

One leading education official believes there’s an explanation for the difference.

“Many students didn’t take this test seriously,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said on...

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