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December-21-2015

W.Va. schools report nearly 600 teacher vacancies statewide

 By Carrie Hodousek  | WV MetroNews

There are nearly 600 teacher vacancies statewide, according to a report finalized by the West Virginia Department of Education this month.

The report states 593.5 positions, including part-time jobs, included teachers, substitutes and those without full certifications to teach certain subjects.

The largest amount of vacancies are in special education at...

December-18-2015

State BOE adopts new academic standards
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to repeal the controversial Common Core/Next Generation teaching standards and adopt a new set of standards called the College and Career Readiness Standards for English, language arts and mathematics, but state lawmakers say the new standards don’t address all the issues that have been raised in recent...

December-17-2015

Lawmakers mum about meeting on Common Core standards
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State legislative leaders still haven’t said what specific further changes they’d like the West Virginia Board of Education to make to the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts K-12 standards.

Lawmakers met privately with board President Mike Green Monday, ahead of the board’s expected vote this week to approve standards alterations that it...

December-16-2015

Alternative funding not yet identified for PEIA
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

While legislative leaders are touting possible alternative funding options to ease $120 million of benefits cuts for West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency insurees, nothing definitive has been found, officials said.

Shortly after the PEIA Finance Board approved what have been termed “draconian” cuts in benefits for active employees and retirees, House...

December-14-2015

SBA denies funding for Fayette consolidations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state School Building Authority’s board chose Monday to deny funding for Fayette County’s controversial consolidation plan.

Of the 11 board members, only State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano and Tina Combs, who’s also a state school board member, were heard voting against removing Fayette’s proposal from consideration. Peter Markham, the SBA board’s...

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