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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...


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....


Students say replacement for GED test much more difficult

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...


Superintendent Search Goes On
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer, Wetzel Chronicle 

The search for a new superintendent continues as the Wetzel County Board of Education has scheduled two additional interviews for May 28, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively.

On Monday, May 18 the board met behind closed doors for yet another interview, this being the third interview. Although the board did not announce the candidate they were interviewing, Interim...


Paula Kaufman: Japanese teachers’ lament instructive to Americans
By Paula Kaufman

American teachers often complain about overwork and a test-crazed culture. I agree that we are heading in the wrong direction, but while things could be better for our teachers, they could also be worse. Japan is case study of what could happen when a country slips too far in one direction.

In many regards, the Japanese education system works. Literacy rates are some of the...