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By Whitney Burdette 
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A data sharing system that collects information on school children of all ages in an effort to improve education practices could get a little stronger.

The Senate on Monday passed Senate Bill 420, relating to the P-20W Longitudinal Data System. This system collects certain information on children that officials can analyze to assess progress beginning in early childhood education and continuing through...


By Kennie Bass 
Eyewitness News/WCHS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Contending the state board needs dedicated staffers to help members craft statewide policy, a director of operations and a full-time lawyer are now on the board's payroll, to the tune of $191,000. Despite the fact the state Department of Education already has two full-time lawyers making $185,000 that have always been at the board's disposal.

"She's (a lawyer) hired by the Department of Education," Gayle Manchin,...


The Associated Press 

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education says county school districts should have more control over how their state funding is spent.

A decades-old funding formula determines how much state funding each county system gets annually and how this funding is spent.

Last week, the state board voted to ask the Legislature to consider allowing counties to use up to 10 percent of their state school funding however they choose, the Charleston...


By Bill Archer 
Bluefield Daily Telegraph 

WELCH — In spite of all of the weather related challenges during the past several days, the McDowell County Board of Education Additional Levy passed Saturday on a 757-57 vote. McDowell County voters have approved the additional levy for 72 consecutive years. McDowell citizens voted to continue the levy until 2018.

It wasn’t an easy proposition this year due to the foot of snow that blanketed the region on Thursday, making travel...


By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education says buying supplies in bulk helped county school systems save more than $2.2 million in 2013.

The board learned this week that the state's eight Regional Education Service Agencies made the savings possible through a cooperative service agreement in place since 2011.

The agreement allows counties to buy instructional supplies and school-related necessities such as custodial supplies at a...