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Board aims to educate lawmaker on school system
By James Blankenship | Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2015 5:00 am

PRINCETON — When the West Virginia Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 13, 2016, representatives including West Virginia Senate President and gubernatorial candidate Senator Bill Cole will be well-educated on the issues that weigh heavy on the minds of the Mercer County Board of Education.

A legislative panel met with the board ahead of the...


W.Va. schools report nearly 600 teacher vacancies statewide

 By Carrie Hodousek  | WV MetroNews

There are nearly 600 teacher vacancies statewide, according to a report finalized by the West Virginia Department of Education this month.

The report states 593.5 positions, including part-time jobs, included teachers, substitutes and those without full certifications to teach certain subjects.

The largest amount of vacancies are in special education at...


State BOE adopts new academic standards
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to repeal the controversial Common Core/Next Generation teaching standards and adopt a new set of standards called the College and Career Readiness Standards for English, language arts and mathematics, but state lawmakers say the new standards don’t address all the issues that have been raised in recent...


Lawmakers mum about meeting on Common Core standards
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State legislative leaders still haven’t said what specific further changes they’d like the West Virginia Board of Education to make to the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts K-12 standards.

Lawmakers met privately with board President Mike Green Monday, ahead of the board’s expected vote this week to approve standards alterations that it...


Alternative funding not yet identified for PEIA
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

While legislative leaders are touting possible alternative funding options to ease $120 million of benefits cuts for West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency insurees, nothing definitive has been found, officials said.

Shortly after the PEIA Finance Board approved what have been termed “draconian” cuts in benefits for active employees and retirees, House...