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February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Wednesday to hire its first-ever full-time attorney, whose job will be specifically to tend to the board's needs -- not the Department of Education as a whole.

The state Department of Education already employs two full-time attorneys: Heather Hutchens-Deskins, who makes more than $100,200, and Sherri Goodman, who makes more than $85,000.

Charleston-based...

February-12-2014

By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Amid a push for more transparency in West Virginia's teacher hiring process, state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares is denying accusations he played a part in his son's recent hiring as a teacher.

Last year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill -- which also de-emphasized seniority in the hiring process -- gave teachers the ability to weigh in on hiring decisions at their school alongside principals. But if a school's faculty...

February-12-2014

By Tricia Lynn Strader -, journal-news.net 

BERKELEY SPRINGS - A Jefferson County circuit court judge has dismissed a challenge to a special school levy election set for May 13 in Morgan County.

In January, attorney Michael L. Scales filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents Dorothea Jeannie Ford, Frieda Ickes and Kent "Brooks" McCumbee. The complaint said according West Virginia Code 18-9-1, the school board can only present a previously defeated levy vote again at a general...

February-12-2014

By Jessica Farrish Register-Herald Reporter   

Two Woodrow Wilson High School teachers addressed the Raleigh County Board of Education Tuesday evening on the anticipated change from block to period scheduling.

Woodrow Faculty Chair Vicki Moss asked that teachers be notified of any upcoming changes and that they be allowed an academic year to make a smooth transition.

“Until this morning, we were all under the impression that all of the Raleigh County high schools would...

February-11-2014

By WDTV

State education leaders came together on Monday to learn more about a program West Virginia might adopt to make sure teachers in training are ready for the classroom.

The program is called edTPA. It focuses on how prepared a novice teacher is to give lessons involving elementary literacy.

Monday's meeting was held at WVU and education leaders from all areas of the state were in attendance. Stanford helped create the program and officials are saying 33 states are...

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