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September-19-2014

By David Gutman 
The Charleston Gazette

More than one in four kids in West Virginia lives in poverty. That’s nearly 100,000 kids.

One in three West Virginia kids under the age of 5 lives in poverty.

Those numbers come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, which showed a statistically significant increase in child poverty in West Virginia for the first time since at least 2009.

In West Virginia, 27 percent of kids and 33 percent of...

September-17-2014

By Staff reports 
The Charleston Gazette

The state Department of Education has paid more than $63,000 for legal counsel in response to former state superintendent of schools Jorea Marple’s lawsuit, according to documents from the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management.

A Freedom of Information Act request was made by the West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse last week inquiring about the Department of Education’s fees in Jorea Marple v. West Virginia...

September-15-2014

By The Associated Press 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin Monday as part of a new statewide assessment program.

The audits involve onsite visits of all schools by the Office of Education Performance Audits over the next two years. They will provide Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Legislature and the West Virginia Board of Education an overall view of performance.

Among the reasons for the visits are to identify...

September-12-2014

By Mackenzie Mays

A new state policy will give school districts more power to hold families accountable for student attendance.

The state Board of Education placed Policy 4110 on public comment on Thursday, which will allow school officials to cross county lines in order to pursue truancy charges. 

The policy breaks down barriers that may have allowed a student or guardian to avoid truancy charges if they live in a different county than where they attend school, and...

September-12-2014

Associated Press 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school was struck by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidentally fired in a faculty bathroom on Thursday, officials said.

The sixth-grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, was injured when the bullet struck a toilet and caused it to explode, Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley...

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