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August-26-2015

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — With 29 terrified students looking on, a West Virginia high school teacher managed to calm a 14-year-old student who pointed a gun at her in her classroom, giving a police chief time to arrive and convince the boy to free his peers and surrender, authorities said.

No one was hurt Tuesday in the hostage-taking drama that rocked a high...

August-25-2015

Fayette superintendent to share proposed reconfiguration plan Thursday
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

Residents, many of whom are parents, will finally get details Thursday about how the school district plans to improve conditions, education and finances in Fayette County.
 
Fayette Superintendent Terry George said he will unveil his proposed reconfiguration plans for Fayette County Schools at 6 p.m. Thursday at Midland Trail High School....

August-25-2015

Kessler will propose tobacco hike to cover community college tuition
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sen. Jeff Kessler wants to make community and technical college in West Virginia free for qualifying students, a promise he said can be funded by raising the state’s tobacco tax.

On Monday, the Marshall County Democrat told the Gazette-Mail he will introduce tobacco tax legislation in January that could raise more than $100 million in...

August-25-2015

Bus stop running video in Kanawha County prompts pledges for law change
By WV MetroNews Staff

The majority leader in the state Senate is promising quick action from lawmakers on a law change that would let law enforcement officers more easily punish those who fail to stop for school buses as required by law.

“We want to make darn sure with our laws that they have complete authority to utilize that information to save children’s lives. That’s our whole...

August-24-2015

Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids' tests
By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey.

The Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. Among those with children in public schools opposition was...

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