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March-09-2017

Competitive teacher pay is solution to state crisis
Times West Virginian, Fairmont

The teacher shortage in West Virginia is at critical levels.

By last count, there are more than 300 vacant teaching positions statewide, which is stretching the pool of available teachers, especially in specialties and critical areas, such as special education, math and science.

The problem becomes compounded when an illness, medical leave from work or a home...

March-08-2017

Huntington High teacher fired over anti-Muslim tweets
The Herald-Dispatch

A Huntington High School social studies teacher who was suspended two months ago following the discovery of multiple anti-Muslim and racially charged tweets has been fired, Cabell County Communications Director Jedd Flowers told The Herald-Dispatch on Tuesday.

During a special meeting Monday, Flowers said the Cabell County Board of Education voted to approve Mary Durstein's...

March-06-2017

Bill would require additional drug prevention programs in public schools
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

A new bill in the House of Delegates would require all West Virginia public schools to have drug awareness and prevention programs for all K-12 students.

House Bill 2195 passed the House Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee Tuesday, and is now in the House Education Committee.

The law would not require any extra funding, according...

February-28-2017

House of Delegates to vote on education personnel bill Tuesday
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates will vote on a bill Tuesday that would change how state colleges and universities handle personnel decisions.

House Bill 2542 would give higher education institutions more flexibility in hiring and firing certain employees, as well as more control over salary rates.

The House...

February-23-2017

WVUTeach receives more funding to train math and science teachers
By Sunshine Wiles, WV MetroNews

A teaching program at WVU that is really in its infancy is picking up steam and funding.

Two years ago the university received a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to start training science and math teachers at the secondary level through WVUTeach. This month, WVU announced a new $1.2 million grant from the National Science...

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