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December-12-2014

By Ryan Quinn  
The Charleston Gazette 

 
The West Virginia Board of Education is appealing to the state Supreme Court after a lower judge refused to dismiss an ousted state superintendent’s suit against the school board.

Jorea Marple sued the board and individual member Wade Linger in April, arguing that Linger led a “covert agenda,” violating open meetings laws, to get other members to agree to vote to fire her in November 2012. Along with defamation and other...

December-11-2014

By Ryan Quinn 
The Charleston Gazette

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously approved Wednesday a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

All 55 county school districts may apply, said Betty Jordan, executive assistant to the state schools superintendent. The few districts accepted at a later board meeting, likely in the spring, will receive permission to break current state education policy...

December-10-2014

By Joel Ebert 
The Charleston Daily Mail

Attempts to repeal Common Core once Republicans take control of the state Legislature could be detrimental to the state, say several departing Democratic lawmakers.

“Republicans want to dismantle what is in place and that will truly set West Virginia students back,” said state Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha. Wells served as vice-chairman of the education committee during the 2014 session but was defeated by Republican Ed Gaunch on Nov...

December-08-2014

By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer 

More West Virginia students failed to hit proficiency marks in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Westest standardized test scores published Friday — several months after the results are normally released.

Fifty-eight percent of students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 failed to show proficiency in math — an increase from 55 percent in the 2012-13 school year and the highest the failure rate has been since the 2009-10 school year, when 58...

December-05-2014

By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

State and public school employees and retirees in West Virginia will pay about $40 million more for health care next year, after the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board approved a series of benefit cuts Thursday — primarily involving higher co-pays and deductibles.

After approving the cuts, effective July 1, 2015, board members voted to send a letter to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and all members of the Legislature urging them...

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