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December-21-2015

Statehouse Beat: Don’t blame PEIA board for proposed cuts
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

One of my most bitter childhood memories was a spanking I received for something I hadn’t done. Some years later, I realized dad had inflicted the spanking to cover up his own culpability in the matter.

I thought of that with the ongoing verbal “spanking” of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board by Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker...

December-21-2015

WV state school superintendent says it’s time to act on Fayette schools
By Rusty Marks, State Journal

State School Superintendent Michael Martirano said he will do whatever it takes to get a consolidation plan put together to save Fayette County’s crumbling schools.
“We’ve got to pull the adult agendas out of here and do what’s right for the kids,” Martirano said. “Something has to be done. My kids are suffering.”

On Dec. 14, board members of the...

December-21-2015

Board aims to educate lawmaker on school system
By James Blankenship | Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2015 5:00 am

PRINCETON — When the West Virginia Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 13, 2016, representatives including West Virginia Senate President and gubernatorial candidate Senator Bill Cole will be well-educated on the issues that weigh heavy on the minds of the Mercer County Board of Education.

A legislative panel met with the board ahead of the...

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...

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