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July-14-2014

By Jamie Stengle 
The Associated Press

DALLAS — Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable.

More than half of the nation’s teachers have master’s degrees or higher, but the changing salary structure is giving pause to others considering the same...

July-14-2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

Those with the West Virginia Education Association are still part of the national chorus that’s calling for a moratorium on standardized testing in schools — at least until the Common Core standards are fully implemented.

“We have to get away from this high stakes testing and really use testing for what it was designed to do which is to chart a student’s growth individually, not to judge schools or teachers or anything else,” said Dale Lee...

July-10-2014

By Jeff Jenkins 
WV MetroNews

The director of the state Office of Education Performance Audits says leadership is the difference in Preston County and a big reason why the school system should be returned to local control.

Director Gus Penix made the recommendation to members of the state Board of Education Wednesday and the board voted unanimously to allow the Preston County Board of Education to begin running its system again.

The state board seized control of...

July-09-2014

By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter

Michael Martirano, West Virginia’s “soon-to-be” superintendent of schools, is all about first impressions.

In a press conference Tuesday where Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin introduced him to the public, Martirano said he encourages his students to make lasting impressions on the world.

He used his first appearance in West Virgina to make several promises he knows will be challenging to...

July-09-2014

By Mackenzie Mays, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Board of Education President Gayle Manchin formally introduced new state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano to the public in a ceremony Tuesday at the West Virginia Capitol.

While Martirano, who will officially assume the position in the fall, is transitioning from his role as superintendent in St. Mary’s County, Maryland — among the highest-achieving and wealthiest districts in the state —...

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