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February-10-2015

Marple’s lawsuit against state board moves forward
By Kate White, The Charleston Gazette

A judge Monday denied a request by an attorney for the West Virginia Board of Education to allow the Supreme Court to decide whether former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple was an at-will employee.

Victor Flanagan, the school board’s lawyer, said immediately letting the high court decide whether Marple served at the will and pleasure of the state would save...

February-09-2015

Charter school discussion to continue Tuesday in Senate education committee
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate Education Committee Chairman Sen. Dave Sypolt is the first to admit he doesn’t know how a charter school operates but what he does know is that it’s hard to argue with a concept that begins with community and parental involvement.

Sypolt (R-Preston) said he plans to have the charter school bill on his committee’s...

February-09-2015

Capital High principal retires
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles has retired, after being charged last week with failing to immediately report an alleged sexual assault at his school

Giles -- who led Capital, Kanawha County’s largest school in the 2013-14 school year, for 13 years -- had been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the misdemeanor charge against him concerning his handling of...

February-06-2015

State Ed. officials say they’re not in the charter schools loop
By Samuel Speciale, Charleston Daily Mail

Debate over a bill that would authorize county school boards to form charter schools in West Virginia became heated Thursday when Department of Education officials were asked to explain their involvement in the drafting process, or the lack thereof.

State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, invited department officials and state Board of Education President...

February-05-2015

Sarah Logan: An effective alternative teacher certification

A native West Virginian, I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

After some soul-searching and long conversations with my mother, a teacher, I decided a career in teaching would be interesting and rewarding.

My research led me to Teach for America. My heart leapt at the idea of moving to an “exotic” place, earning my teaching certification, and serving underprivileged children...

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