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WV DOE to draft superintendent job posting as Martirano continues to address teacher shortages
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano says he has a plan to address the “unconscionable” amount of teacher vacancies in the state.

“Right now we have 718 teacher vacancies across the state,” Martirano said. “That means that our young people are not receiving the quality education they deserve by a quality...


Justice suggests pay raise for teachers, cutting RESA funds
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice proposed during his State of the State address Wednesday night a 2 percent pay raise for classroom teachers next fiscal year, and his proposed budget for next fiscal year also suggests cutting all state general revenue fund dollars for the eight Regional Education Service Agencies.

Teachers already get automatic pay raises based...


WV schools union chief to state: Rethink standardized tests 
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A school employees union president asked the newly reconfigured West Virginia Board of Education during its first regular meeting Wednesday to take off of public comment its proposed policy to change statewide high-school standardized exams from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course tests.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee instead asked for...


WV Teacher of the Year to be presented new car, check
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice’s office will present West Virginia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year with a new car and a check Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Toni Poling, an English teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in Marion County, has been honored with the award. She has been teaching at Fairmont since 2006.

Poling will receive a new Toyota from Toyota Motor...


DeVos confirmed; WVEA leader says it’s now wait and see
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could have an immediate impact on public schools in West Virginia.

DeVos was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday on a 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie after a 24-hour talk-athon by senators against DeVos, the charter school advocate...