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February-14-2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill to give pay raises to public school teachers and school service personnel advanced Thursday out of the Senate Education Committee -- with a change intended to give more bang for the buck to newer teachers.

The new version of the bill (SB391) would provide an across-the-board $1,000 raise -- instead of giving a 2 percent pay raise to teachers, as Tomblin proposed.

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February-14-2014

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...

February-14-2014

By The Inter-Mountain

The School of Education at Wesleyan will be hosting West Virginia's 2014 Teacher of the Year, Erin Sponaugle.

She will be speaking at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Erin, a fifth grade teacher in Berkeley County, is a 10-year veteran of the teaching profession and currently works at Tomahawk Intermediate School Middle School in Berkeley County.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary...

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-13-2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS

Dunbar, W.Va. -- Some industry estimates say there are up to 600,000 jobs vacant across the country, because there aren't workers with the right skill sets to fill those positions: from manufacturing to technical trades.

So this year, 26 schools across West Virginia launched a brand new program called the "simulated workplace." It's not exactly an ordinary way of learning -- but it's a method that students and teachers are confident will help prepare...

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