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August-15-2016

Fayette superintendent urging support for new facilities plan
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Terry George, the Fayette County superintendent of schools, believes a new Comprehensive Facilities Plan from the Fayette County Board of Education, working in conjunction with the School Building Authority, would have a much better chance of being adopted this fall following the rejection of last year’s plan.

Observers both inside and...

August-15-2016

Martirano: Schools dealing with shortage of math teachers
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Mountain State has a significant shortage of math teachers, according to State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Martirano said on MetroNews “Talkline” last week that the state wants only the best math teachers to teach in a specific way.

“We are having higher standards; there’s an expectation of how we teach math to be more focused...

August-11-2016

Martirano believes test results should be tied to Promise Scholarship, college entrance
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano wants to “begin the conversation” to link standardized test results to the Promise Scholarship and college entrance, he said Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Martirano wants to incentivize middle school and high school students to spend more time on the Smarter Balanced assessment. The ‘...

August-11-2016

WV scores rise on Smarter Balanced, which state will continue to use
Ryan Quinn , Charleston Gazette-Mail

Statewide proficiency rates on the annual end-of-year standardized tests for West Virginia public elementary, middle and high school students increased from the 2014-15 school year to last school year in nearly every tested grade on all tested subjects, according to preliminary data.

But even with the proficiency rate increases, the fact remained that...

August-11-2016

Kanawha circuit judge issues preliminary injunction on Right to Work
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the state’s new right to work law.

West Virginia became the 26th right to work state in the U.S. on July 1 after its passage in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions sought the injunction claiming it amounted to stealing property....

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