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February-28-2014

By Lacie Pierson
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The number of makeup days built in to the school calendars in Cabell and Wayne counties officially have been maxed out as of this week.

This year's winter has translated into missed instructional days that have reached double digits in each county, and with a snow day for both counties Wednesday, there officially were no more days in either school's calendar that school officials legally could utilize to make up for the...

February-28-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval in Hoppy's Commentary | February 28, 2014 at 12:17AM

West Virginia’s public school teachers are going to end up with a pay raise out of this legislative session.  It will be a modest one, either two percent or $837 across the board.

WVEA President Dale Lee has been pushing for the dollar amount as opposed to the percentage because it would have more impact on starting salaries which, according to figures from the National Education Association, are $32,500...

February-28-2014

By Beth Christian Broschart
The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON - A bill making its way through the state Legislature might make some students and teachers want to celebrate - with something sweet and delicious like a cupcake.

In 2008, a mandate from the West Virginia State Board of Education brought strict requirements on what students could be served during rewards or celebrations in school.

Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, introduced House Bill 4307 this term,...

February-27-2014

By Lauren Talotta, General Assignment Reporter
WBOY

West Virginia's Teacher of the Year 2014 spoke to some aspiring educators at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday night.

Erin Sponaugle, a fifth-grade teacher in Berkeley County, spoke to students about overcoming anxiety and switching majors in college to earn her degree in elementary education.

Sponaugle said she sees this year as an opportunity to become the voice of the profession.

"Who would I...

February-26-2014

By Ben Nandy
WOWKTV.com

HUNTINGTON, Wv. - At Tuesday evening's Cabell County Board of Education meeting, several parents objected to a proposed 2014-15 school calendar that would start on August 8th.

The change is being made to meet requirements in a new West Virginia state law that says there must be 180 days of instruction in a school year.

There are no exceptions. Snow days must be made up.

"I think the Legislature is concerned about making sure kids get...

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