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January-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle shifted into a new gear Thursday as she accepted some impressive gifts for her honor.

The 5th grade teacher from Tomahawk Intermediate School in Berkeley County was handed a check for $5,000 from Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a ceremony at the state capitol. Then Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held up a set of keys.

“It’s almost like Wheel of Fortune! Today you’re going home in a brand,...

January-10-2014

But W,Va.’s public colleges still must make do with less

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING - West Liberty University President Robin Capehart said he was pleased to hear that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing that higher education won't take as hard a hit from state funding cuts.

A mid-year budget report released Jan. 2 shows the state's General Revenue Fund is $81.5 million behind on tax collections for the fiscal...

January-10-2014

By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter   

The Senate Education Committee plans to introduce legislation to help students on health profession tracks to obtain student loans and to practice in the state, particularly in underserved areas.

The health sciences service program continues a revolving fund account from which students can borrow funds for their educations and then be forgiven each year of loans in exchange for a year of service in the state.

Preference is...

January-09-2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Children in Finland remain among the top-scoring students in the world, particularly in science but also in reading and math.    
Why? One reason is Finnish teachers are highly respected and valued. The teaching profession in the Scandinavian country is on par with physicians in the United States in respect and pay. 

But Finland also enjoys a very low child poverty rate of about 4 percent. Meanwhile, the KIDS COUNT Data Center reported that nearly one in...

January-09-2014

By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- During the monthly West Virginia Board of Education meeting on Wednesday -- the same day of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address -- board members established an "implementation timeline" for the public education agenda that the governor tasked them with in his address one year ago. 

Three of the 18 items listed in the board's timeline have been marked "completed": reduce personal services within the Department of Education;...

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