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October-15-2015

Fayette school problems heat up state school board meeting
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green and fellow board member Bill White continued their public disagreement Wednesday following a forceful showing from Fayette County residents about school consolidation issues in their county.

White first took issue with Green’s letter to the media and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that called the state School...

October-14-2015

Teachers begin sifting through Common Core comments
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia K-12 teachers, faculty members who teach teachers and others in the education field have begun analyzing online comments submitted as part of the state’s Common Core-based standards review, which was launched after many lawmakers tried to eliminate the learning requirements earlier this year.

In July, the state Department of Education...

October-13-2015

Green: Families need to instill value of education
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Wall Street Journal analysis of U.S. Census Data found Massachusetts was the most educated state in America with just over 41 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree. The other end of the spectrum found West Virginia the least educated state with fewer than 20 percent of Mountain State adults who attained a college education.

“That’s the...

October-12-2015

State SBA President comments on Common Core poll
By Matt Maccaro, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A recent poll of county school board members shows division on feelings toward the Common Core teaching standards.

The survey was completed by 126 members, or roughly 46 percent, at a conference last month. West Virginia School Board Association President Greg Prudich said geography seemed to be a trend in how members responded.

“My observation is as you...

October-12-2015

WV counties plan for $16M in statewide school funding cuts
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter

Kanawha and Berkeley counties are expected to lose more than $1 million each, and Putnam and six other counties are each expected to lose more than $500,000 in the first mid-school-year cut since the early ’90s to West Virginia K-12 schools’ largest funding source. Joe Panetta, the state Department of Education’s chief operations officer, said a roughly $16 million...

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