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October-19-2015

Small counties react to the 1 percent school budget cuts
By Tina Alvey,(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

Editor's Note: Here are two news articles about how some smaller county school districts are reacting to the 1 percent county school budget cuts that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Oct. 5:

Facing budget cuts, Greenbrier schools standing pat for now

While it appears some county school boards around the state...

October-19-2015

State unaffected by new ruling on dual-credit courses
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A new rule that will require high school teachers of dual-credit courses to have a master’s degree won’t affect the way the popular classes are offered in West Virginia, education officials said Friday.

Earlier this summer, the Higher Learning Commission, a Chicago-based group that accredits western and mid-western colleges and universities, issued a rule...

October-16-2015

PEIA proposes $120 million in employee benefit cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

With no likelihood of additional funding from the West Virginia government, and with its Reserve Fund already spent down to the minimum balance, the Public Employees Insurance Agency has no options but to make “draconian” cuts in benefits for active employees and retirees, executive director Ted Cheatham told the PEIA Finance Board on Thursday.

The board...

October-16-2015

Teacher evaluation change delayed
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
    
The West Virginia Board of Education has again delayed increasing the role of standardized tests in teacher evaluations.

Fifteen percent of annual evaluations for math and English/language arts teachers this school year were to be based off their students’ improvement in exam scores over last school year — when those students were perhaps taught by different teachers —...

October-16-2015

Vast majority of online comments support WV's Common Core standards
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The vast majority of the roughly 251,400 online comments submitted by more than 4,100 individuals as part of West Virginia’s review of its Common Core-based standards agreed with the K-12 learning requirements, according to data the state Department of Education released this week.

The Academic Spotlight website, which launched July 8 and closed...

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