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November-13-2017

WV backs off exemption from basic teacher skills test
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education has backed off from a proposal to exempt education bachelor’s degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass the basic knowledge test to become public school teachers.

The state school board proposed the exemption in September when it put that and other suggested changes to its Policy 5202 out for...

November-13-2017

WV public school enrollment drops for 5th year straight
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston, Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public schools lost about 2,460 students from last school year to this one, dropping the total number to 270,708 and making 2017-18 the fifth straight year of enrollment decreases.

Generally, the state school aid funding formula automatically decreases dollars for county public school systems that lose enrollment. Enrollment numbers from the...

November-09-2017

WV CHIP to shut down in February unless Congress allocates funds
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-mail

The board of directors for the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program voted Wednesday to shut down the CHIP program on Feb. 28, if Congress doesn’t allocate funding to the program soon.

CHIP provides health insurance to children whose parents make too much for Medicaid, but make less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

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November-09-2017

WV proposes reducing required high school credits, making 90-100 an A
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to put out for public comment proposals to reduce the state’s required number of credits for high school graduation from 24 to 21, further change social studies requirements and change the non-weighted course grading scale.

The existing board Policy 2510 says 0-64 is an F, 65-74 is a D, 75-84 is...

November-08-2017

High school students to help revitalize state parks
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Career and technical education students in West Virginia are beginning to attack the $50 million in deferred maintenance projects in the state park system.

An interagency agreement between the state Department of Education and state Division of Natural Resources was signed in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the state capitol.

The students are part of student-led...

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