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July-16-2015

Ohio County school board ditches phone-in meeting option
By Associated Press wire and staff reports

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Ohio County Board of Education has ended the practice of allowing members to call in to meetings, collecting $160 for participating each time they do.

The Intelligencer reports that the board voted 3-2 Monday to abolish the policy.The school district’s attorney and the board consulted the state Ethics Commission ahead of the vote....

July-14-2015

Dr. Elaine Heffner: Control or educate?
The Mineral Daily News-Tribune

A question that surfaces in discussions about education and one also raised by parents is how to deal with children who are difficult to manage or control. Parents may speak of children “not listening” or who are given to temper outbursts. Teachers also speak of children who are inattentive, provocative and confrontational.

Too often, such children are pegged as having attention...

July-13-2015

Rep. McKinley desires more local control in education
By Alex Wiederspiel, MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill by a 218-213 vote last Wednesday that reauthorizes No Child Left Behind, but could threaten the standards known as Common Core.

This is the first reauthorization of No Child Left Behind since 2007.

Republican David McKinley (WV-1) was one of the 218 members of the House to vote for that...

July-13-2015

Proposed teacher insurance plan a ‘union-buster’ and out of touch
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

A request that the West Virginia Board of Education consider backing a state-funded teacher liability insurance plan, while termed a measure of good will by one school board member, has labor union officials once again saying lawmakers are out of touch with educators.

Proposed last week by school board member Wade Linger, the plan would extend...

July-13-2015

W.Va. Schools Ponder Math Classes
By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Educators across West Virginia are adding up whether new standards for high school mathematics under Common Core are effective, or if a new sequence for the curriculum is needed in the equation.

Currently high schools offer Math 1, 2 and 3 classes that integrate the concepts previously taught in algebra, geometry and trigonometry classes...

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