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


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...


By Mandy Cardosi

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...


By Staff reports 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael Martirano was officially hired as West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools today.

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously approved Martirano’s hiring at a meeting this morning. Martirano, who was superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in southern Maryland for about a decade, will have an annual salary of $230,000.

He will replace Jim Phares, whose last day as...


By WV MetroNews Staff 

The new executive director of the state School Building Authority is David Sneed, the SBA’s former chief of architectural services who served from 1990 until 2012. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Sneed’s appointment on Monday.
“David is no stranger to West Virginia’s School Building Authority and played a key role in developing a number of planning mechanisms currently used by educational planners and architects in West Virginia,” Tomblin said in a...