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November-13-2014

By Jeff Jenkins 
WV MetroNews

The state Board of Education decided Wednesday to put out for public comment a report looking at the future of the state’s 55 school districts.

The board’s School District Governance and Administration Commission recently completed its report that recommends keeping all county school districts but using regional education offices to combine some services. Commission chairman and state school board member Tom Campbell said the money saved...

November-13-2014

By Stephen Huba 
For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - With both houses of the West Virginia Legislature now in Republican hands, public school teachers are looking to Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for support in their drive to get a pay raise for the second consecutive year.

At Monday's Hancock County Board of Education meeting, Melanie Donofe, president of the Hancock County Education Association, and board President Jerry Durante acknowledged that Republican...

November-13-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education has hired former Kanawha County educator Susan O’Brien as chief public school auditor.

O’Brien’s appointment as director of the Office of Education Performance Audits was announced Wednesday. She will replace the retiring Gus Penix.

O’Brien currently serves as deputy director of educator quality for the New Mexico Public Education System.

The audit office evaluates the performances of public...

November-10-2014

By Justin Raber 
For The State Journal

Anyone who has a Facebook page has seen the various “Common Core Math” horror stories that try to make us believe that parents with highly technical degrees cannot do this “new math” being taught to our students. We turn on the television and hear some outrageous claim that “Common Core” is forcing kids to do too much. We see stories that state how this “new fuzzy math” should be abandoned and that we should just get back to the basics; how...

November-10-2014

By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette  

Reflections on a historic Election Day:

Naturally, the victories could turn out to be a blessing or a curse for Republicans, who for decades have said how they would improve the business climate, cut taxes, reform education and upgrade infrastructure, if only they were in power.
Now that they’re in control, they’re under pressure to deliver on their promises, and they may discover that talk is easy, but governing is hard. If...

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