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April-16-2014

By Andrea Lannom and Samuel Speciale 
The Charleston Daily Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former state superintendent Jorea Marple has filed another lawsuit claiming the state Board of Education unfairly fired her.

Marple’s attorney, Timothy Barber, filed the lawsuit Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court. An earlier lawsuit making similar allegations is pending in federal court before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.

The new lawsuit specifically names former board...

April-16-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A handful of West Virginia retired public employees and retired teachers protested on tax return deadline day at the state Capitol Tuesday. They claimed they are being discriminated against.

Coalition of Retired Public Employees President Ernie “Spud” Terry said they chose April 15 for a reason.

“I’ve been retired for 15 years. My wife has been retired for 10 years. That’s 25 years without any increase in our...

April-15-2014

By JD Supra Business Advisor

A recent decision by the West Viginia Supreme Court of Appeals has now paved the way for public bodies, including boards of education, to impose a reasonable hourly search fee for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

It is not uncommon for a county board of education to receive at least one FOIA request per week. For example, most, if not all county boards of education received a FOIA request last month from the West Virginia School Service...

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 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...

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