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April-12-2018

State school board member questions passion for math instruction
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the state Board of Education say West Virginia students need to do better in math.

Board members and state School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine got into a discussion about math achievement levels during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday in Charleston. The meeting came a day after the latest release of...

April-11-2018

WV PEIA Task Force gets crash course in PEIA operations, expenses
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

For about two hours Tuesday, members of the PEIA Task Force got a crash course in all things PEIA, including how the health care plan provider operates and why, like most health insurance programs, it is seeing its costs increase annually.

“It’s our responsibility to understand this plan,” task force chairman and Justice administration chief of staff...

April-10-2018

Nutrition manual repeal on agenda for upcoming WV school board meeting
Staff reports, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and a recommended vote to repeal its “Policies of Operation Manual, Child Nutrition Programs,” is on its meeting agenda.

The recommendation comes from the state Department of Education, which the school board oversees.

An attachment to the agenda states that the policy is “...

April-07-2018

WV teacher strike helped spark similar movements in Oklahoma, beyond
By Maria Young Staff writer

Weeks before Oklahoma teachers launched a statewide strike on April 2, many were watching the actions of their counterparts in West Virginia as the protests played out on national media.

“I was kind of shocked, because it seemed to me that they weren’t asking for too much. It made me open my eyes,” said Jessica Lightle, an alternative education teacher at...

April-05-2018

Acting secretary optimistic about transition ahead for state Department of Education and the Arts
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The acting secretary for the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, which will soon be dissolved, foresees no major obstacles in the path toward its elimination under a new state law.

“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the agencies as I’ve walked in,” said Clayton Burch,...

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