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September-21-2016

Report: Gayle Manchin used position with NASBE to boost EpiPen
By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY

After Gayle Manchin took over the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2012, she spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.

 The association’s move helped pave the way for Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, to develop a near monopoly in...

September-21-2016

Martirano will leave position next June
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Michael Martirano announced Tuesday that he is leaving his position as West Virginia’s 30th state schools superintendent on June 30, 2017, the end of the current fiscal year.

He's spent about two years in the role, during which the Department of Education he leads has defended from legislative attack the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts standards and...

September-19-2016

FEMA approves grant for Nicholas County schools
By WV MetroNews Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins announced Friday FEMA has approved a grant for more than $1 million for the Nicholas County school system in connection with flood damage.

“Our children need safe, well-equipped schools, but several Nicholas County schools sustained serious damages in June from devastating floods. Our students, faculty and staff...

September-15-2016

Report: Teacher shortage is national crisis
By Sarah Plummer Register-Herald Reporter

The need to attract and retain highly qualified teachers is a discussion West Virginia is familiar with, especially with the West Virginia Department of Education reporting more than 600 teacher vacancies statewide.

But West Virginia isn't alone.

In fact, a recent analysis and report by the Learning Policy Institute indicates the United States is short 60,000...

September-15-2016

FEMA green-lights portable classroom installation at 2 Kanawha schools
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — After a longer wait than expected, FEMA approved the installation of portable classrooms for two flood-damaged schools in Kanawha County Wednesday.

The Kanawha County Board of Education is expected to officially approve the plan at its Thursday evening meeting. The portables will accommodate Herbert Hoover High at Elkview Middle School...

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