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February-22-2017

Requirement for 180 separate days of school instruction dropped in Senate bill
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A bill moving at the State Capitol two weeks into the 2017 Regular Legislative Session would end West Virginia’s existing requirement for 180 separate days of instruction in the Mountain State’s schools.

“I think that, in the end, you’ll have better results with this,” predicted Senate Education Committee Chair Kenny Mann (R-Monroe, 10) who spoke...

February-20-2017

Help needed for state DOE Summer Feeding Program
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

The state Department of Education is searching for organizations to help feed children across West Virginia this summer.

“We have a high number of kids that need to be fed through the summer that depend on our school breakfast and lunch,” said Cybele Boehm, coordinator of the Summer Food Service Program.

The program needs community groups to help provide children with...

February-16-2017

State school board nixes 9th, 10th grade math and English standardized testing
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a quick string of votes Thursday morning, the West Virginia Board of Education, newly dominated by appointees of Gov. Jim Justice, voted to eliminate math and English language arts standardized testing in ninth and 10th grades, effective this spring, and to move away from the current Smarter Balanced tests after this spring.

It’s still...

February-16-2017

State board votes to reduce summative testing in high schools
By WVEA Communications Staff

The new state Board of Education took a significant step Thursday in reducing standardized testing, particularly in high schools, when they approved policy changes and waivers to Policy 2340: West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress.

Board members agreed to waive Smarter Balanced testing in grades 9 and 10 for both English/language arts and mathematics, beginning...

February-16-2017

Fayette County Schools regain local control
By WVEA Communications Staff

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to return local control to Fayette County’s school system.

The decision means that no county school systems will be under state board’s control. 
State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano and the Office of Education Performance Audits recommended returning local control to Fayette County.

For years the...

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