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August-06-2014

By Samuel Speciale
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

Despite flashing lights and stop signs warning drivers to keep a distance, about 500 motorists illegally pass school buses each day in West Virginia, a survey conducted by the state Department of Education has found.

While that number seems high to Jimmy Lacy, transportation safety director for Kanawha County, he said illegal passing happens every day.

“I don’t know if people are in a hurry or they’re distracted,” he...

August-05-2014

By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

With the state’s economy growing at a slower rate than hoped, revenue collections for the first month of the new budget year came in about $17.4 million below projections, Department of Revenue officials said Monday.

Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow said the state’s economy needs to grow by about 4 percent in 2014-15 in order to balance the state budget, and the July figures instead showed sluggish growth, with the two biggest...

August-04-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

HARMAN, W.Va. – Teachers, parents and community leaders fear Harman School in Randolph County may not reopen to all students pre-K through 12. Delegate Denise Campbell, (D) Randolph County, said she’s heard rumblings that when the school reopens after repairs, not everyone will be going back.

“I think that there is a fear that maybe not all the students will be able to return, that it might be just the elementary level,” according to...

August-04-2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Board of Education will start holding schools accountable for their performance in a more concrete way starting in the fall of 2015.

The state will implement an A-F letter grading system for all public schools, which will offer clear and concise information on schools’ overall performances from year to year in a way that parents, educators and students can easily understand, the state BOE reports.

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July-31-2014

The Times West Virginian

It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.

So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.

Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade...

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