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June-01-2015

Public colleges across W.Va. raising tuition — again
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

All but one of West Virginia’s public four-year colleges intend to raise in-state tuition and fees next academic year — most by about 5 percent, and several by more. That’s according to information reviewed Friday by the state Higher Education Policy Commission, which, in separate action at its meeting at Shepherd University, approved the first new higher education institution to...

May-29-2015

Cabell County among first to finish 180 instructional days
By Carrie Hodousek, MetroNews

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Students in Cabell County are among one of the first school districts in West Virginia to start their summer break this year.
The last day of school is scheduled for Friday.

The winter storms this year affected most districts statewide, but left Cabell schools in the clear, for the most part.

“We were very, very fortunate and our...

May-29-2015

West Virginia will see huge drop in coal production over next 20 years, university report says
By JONATHAN MATTISE  Associated Press

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008 — less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs.

Already-struggling southern...

May-28-2015

Editorial: Fayette’s school crisis
Charleston Gazette

For thousands of West Virginia children, education offers the main hope for a good future and a rewarding career. But Fayette County youngsters face severe obstacles.In 2001, an overwhelming 86 percent of Fayette residents voted against a bond issue to upgrade dilapidated schools. In 2009, a strong 77 percent killed another improvement bond. Two of the county’s five school board members opposed the bond....

May-28-2015

Students say replacement for GED test much more difficult
WOWKTV

CHARLESTON, WV - About 20 percent of high school students fail to graduate in West Virginia and making up for those diplomas may now be a little harder. The WV Department of Education changed over to a new high school equivalency exam last year, replacing the GED with the newer Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC, exam.

 Thirty-three years later, Steve Higginbotham is back in class...

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