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April-15-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public schools will get free computer operating system upgrades for five years under a new agreement with Microsoft.

Schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft July 1. It will allow schools to upgrade their computers’ operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade, The Charleston Daily Mail reported.

The agreement also will give schools access to email and programs through Office 365, a...

April-14-2014

By WV MetroNews 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the state Board of Education looks nationwide for the next state school superintendent, the president of the West Virginia Education Association isn’t convinced the search needs to go that far afield.

“I still think you have to have some ties to West Virginia,” said Dale Lee. “You have to have some knowledge of our school system to be able to successfully lead us in a direction we want to go right now.

“We need someone who will...

April-14-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — When the iRaleigh Initiative in the Raleigh County school district placed iPads with every public school student at the beginning of the school year, most teachers and administrators agreed that technology in the classroom is necessary.

West Virginia is one of 29 states in the new Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The new academic assessment system will be extremely competitive and...

April-14-2014

By Warren Scott, Staff Writer 
The Herald-Star 
 

FOLLANSBEE - The 2013 West Virginia Teacher of the Year encouraged youth at Follansbee Middle School to consider the consequences of their actions, whether posting on the Internet or preparing for school.

"You are all capable of doing great things, if you make the right choices," said Erin Sponaugle, a Berkeley County fifth-grade teacher who was among county teachers of the year submitted from throughout the state to...

April-14-2014

By Marla Pisciotta

For The State Journal

A second meeting within as many weeks was hosted by child care workers and union representatives to discuss their fate as employees of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney.

A recommendation to change the job designation from "child care workers" to "residential care specialist" was presented to the West Virginia Board of Education March 12 by WVSDB superintendent Lynn Boyer. The recommendation was...

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