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US college graduation rate drops 2 percent, WV rate also on decline
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

The number of students earning a degree in America is declining at both public and private colleges, says a national report released Tuesday.

In a study of the 2.9 million students who started college in 2009, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center discovered only 52.9 percent graduated within six years, a 2.1 percent...


Delegate offers help to find PEIA funds in budget

As state employees, including teachers and other school personnel, are confronted by proposed $120 million cuts to PEIA benefits in the next fiscal year, Raleigh County Delegate Ricky Moye has offered to help Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin find money to “fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency.”

Moye, a school bus driver, is offering to take on a pretty big task. ...


Kessler urges more WV funding for PEIA
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, WV Gazette Mail

Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, urged the Tomblin administration to find additional state funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency, to alleviate the need to impose $120 million of benefits cuts for public school and state employees and retirees.

In September, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin notified the PEIA Finance Board that the state contribution...


WV proposed new standards contain much language identical to Common Core
 By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s proposed new K-12 math and English language arts standards, which the state schools superintendent says aren’t based on Common Core, contain much of the exact same language as the controversial national standards blueprint.

State Superintendent Michael Martirano told the state Board of Education and media Friday,...


Community members still rallying against Wetzel County board of education
By Tessa DiTirro,

The latest board of education meeting in Wetzel county was so packed, people couldn't even get through the door. Teachers, parents, and students are still up-in-arms about the way the board is handling themselves. 7News spoke with Johnna Harter, a Wetzel county parent who gave a speech at the meeting. She claims her son had an inappropriate encounter with a board...