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July-09-2014

By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter

Michael Martirano, West Virginia’s “soon-to-be” superintendent of schools, is all about first impressions.

In a press conference Tuesday where Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin introduced him to the public, Martirano said he encourages his students to make lasting impressions on the world.

He used his first appearance in West Virgina to make several promises he knows will be challenging to...

July-09-2014

By Mackenzie Mays, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Board of Education President Gayle Manchin formally introduced new state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano to the public in a ceremony Tuesday at the West Virginia Capitol.

While Martirano, who will officially assume the position in the fall, is transitioning from his role as superintendent in St. Mary’s County, Maryland — among the highest-achieving and wealthiest districts in the state —...

July-07-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
Register-Herald Reporter

As West Virginia school districts are set to fully implement Common Core standards in August, many local parents have questions about Common Core and changes to local curriculum.

What is Common Core? 

The website www.corestandards.org reports that “Common Core State Standards” is a national educational initiative that sets “clear” learning goals to prepare students in...

July-03-2014

By Pamela Pritt  
Register-Herald Reporter

The last month of the fiscal year proved to be the best for West Virginia, with a revenue surplus more than $27 million above estimates.

Secretary of the Department of Revenue Bob Kiss said the surplus is in part due to a statewide hiring freeze, which has been extended indefinitely.

Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow reported $19.3 million in collections, a figure 25 percent above the prior year’s receipts. Tax collection for...

July-02-2014

By Mandy Cardosi
WOWKTV.com

Several state laws will take effect July 1, including the law passed to give teachers and school service personnel an across-the-board $1,000 pay raise.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin promised in his State of the State address school teachers, bus drivers and custodians would see a 2 percent increase in their salaries.

“Therefore, I commit to funding a 2 percent pay raise for all teachers and school service personnel who invest in our children...

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