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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 Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Teachers will receive a $837 pay raise next year if the House of Delegates approves the version of the teacher pay raise bill the Senate signed off on, with a 30-2 vote, on Wednesday at the State Capitol.

The bill, SB 391, was changed on the Senate floor to replace the two percent across-the-board pay raise Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had originally proposed for both teachers and school service personnel.

Supporters said the $837 amount...

February-26-2014

By Stephen Huba
For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County school teachers are working harder to keep up with expectations at the state and national levels, the school board learned on Monday.

The ever-changing landscape of public education, and how it's affecting local school districts, was a common theme in Monday's presentations by the faculty senates and school improvement councils of Oak Glen High School, Oak Glen Middle School and the John D....

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...

February-25-2014

By Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Wood County students have missed a dozen school days this semester and February isn’t even over. Between frigid temperatures and snow, it’s been tough to get kids in class.

It’s posed a problem preparing for the annual West Virginia Educational Standards Test or Westest. The West Virginia Department of Education stresses educators don’t teach to the test. However, students do have to be prepared for the exam.

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