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February-13-2015

Lawmakers continue to refine charter schools legislation
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

Attempts to further refine the particulars of a charter school bill, which has been discussed for more than two weeks and remains the Senate Education Committee’s top priority, continued once again on Thursday.

Lawmakers approved what committee chairman Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, called a “laundry list” of amendments that were drafted as a result of...

February-13-2015

Manchin says students need protected from ‘passing the trash’
By Chris Lawrence , WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) jointly introduced legislation Thursday in Washington aimed at protecting children from child predators in the school system.

The legislation was born out of the 1997 rape and murder of Jeremy Bell,12, of Fayette County. Bell was murdered by his teacher, Edgar Friedrichs Jr. who...

February-13-2015

State school board approves reducing standardized testing
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

The West Virginia Board of Education Thursday approved a measure eliminating statewide standardized testing in social studies and reducing examinations in science, among several major education changes.

The board also delayed, for at least this school year and next, labeling schools with its new A-F grading system, which takes standardized testing into account.

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February-13-2015

State school board eases end-of-year testing requirement
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education will not use test scores to determine teacher and school performance grades for at least one year and voted Wednesday to relax some of its testing policies while the state transitions to a new set of standardized assessments.

End-of-year student assessments, for years, have included mandatory testing in...

February-12-2015

State superintendent of schools hires chief of staff     
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter
 
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano has hired a chief of staff who will oversee the day-to-day operations of his office.

While the state Department of Education has not yet made an announcement, the hiring of Jill Newman, a retired U.S. Army official from Scott Depot, is listed on the state Board of Education’s February meeting...

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