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Panel: Hands-on training, more tech focus needed to prepare students
Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — West Virginia education leaders said Thursday preparing students for the workforce through hands-on training, particularly for in-demand jobs in the technology and engineering sectors, and more Department of Commerce involvement is key for the state to catch up with the rest of the country.

“Being 47th, 48th or whatever it is...


WV’s ESSA plan seeing further changes, praise, criticism
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s proposed federal Every Student Succeeds Act compliance plan, which includes a planned new public school accountability system plus plans for how to improve schools that score low in that system, is seeing significant changes and public praise and criticism ahead of its scheduled submission to the U.S. Education Department next month.



State school board to appeal judge's decision on Nicholas consolidation
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia board of education, following an executive session, voted unanimously to reject a plan by Nicholas County to consolidate local schools or to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

There was no discussion in public of the decision, just a vote. Board member Dave Perry made the motion.

The board issued a statement...


Two-thirds of WV's high school seniors apply for financial aid
Jake Jarvis , Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nearly two-thirds of all high school seniors in West Virginia had completed an important application by the end of June, according to the state's Higher Education Policy Commission.

The application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step for students to earn the Promise Scholarship and to qualify for other forms of federal student...


State BOE approves nutrition policy for West Virginia public schools
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jan. 2, 2018 is the take effect date for a new nutrition policy for West Virginia’s public schools.

On Thursday, the state Board of Education approved Policy 4321.1 Standards for School Nutrition as a replacement for a previous nutrition policy dating back to 2008.

In general, it aligns West Virginia’s child nutrition standards...