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January-05-2015

By Bobbi Nicholson 
The Sunday Gazette-Mail

Mark Twain is credited with saying, “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” That seems an uncharitable assessment, and perhaps an insulting one (at least to the genuine idiots among us).

On the other hand, recent decisions by some esteemed members of the West Virginia Board of Education do call into question their judgment and the intellectual caliber that underlies it. That...

December-19-2014

By Kristi Murphy 
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Board of Education voted Tuesday to endorse a petition to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that supports increasing salaries for teachers and support personnel.

Teacher Denis Chapman asked the board to endorse the West Virginia Education Association's efforts to lobby lawmakers for a multi-year salary increase, citing Cabell County's proximity to other states where teachers are paid more.

"They can go to...

December-18-2014

By Eric Eyre 
The Charleston Gazette

West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s first major administrative hire lasted four days on the job, after Department of Education officials learned that the office’s new executive director is being investigated for allegedly misusing state funds at a similar post in Virginia.

On Dec. 4, Tammy McGraw was fired from her job as executive director of the West Virginia department’s instructional technology division. Just...

December-16-2014

By Mike Hricik  
The Charleston Gazette  
 
WINFIELD — Putnam County secondary math teachers don’t like the structure of certain Common Core courses. And, they feel that their students aren’t getting the course material either.

Putnam County Board of Education members unanimously approved seeking a waiver from the state from Common Core “integrated” math curricula on Monday night.

If approved by the West Virginia Department of Education, the waiver would allow...

December-12-2014

By Samuel Speciale  
The Charleston Daily Mail  

A spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday that a list of potential candidates to fill vacancies on the state Board of Education is still being reviewed, though he could not give a timetable for when an appointment would be made.

Tomblin issued a similar statement in June when asked about the state of his search.

The board has two vacant seats, one of which has been empty since December 2012 when former...

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