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August-04-2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Board of Education will start holding schools accountable for their performance in a more concrete way starting in the fall of 2015.

The state will implement an A-F letter grading system for all public schools, which will offer clear and concise information on schools’ overall performances from year to year in a way that parents, educators and students can easily understand, the state BOE reports.

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July-31-2014

The Times West Virginian

It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.

So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.

Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade...

July-30-2014

By Aaron Payne  
WV MetroNews

ELKINS, W. Va. – Students at Harman School in Randolph County will begin the 2014 school year in different locations after a unanimous decision was made by the Randolph County Board of Education during Tuesday night’s special session held at Elkins High School.

The reason for the action is because over the July 4 weekend, a large section of plaster fell from the ceiling in one of the rooms. The state Fire Marshal’s Office and architectural...

July-29-2014

By Misty Poe 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The state didn’t do a very good job of “telling the story” of Common Core Standards, state school board president Gayle Manchin said Monday morning, which opened the door for an onslaught of public and administrative criticism of something few understand.

Speaking to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network at the Fairmont Woman’s Club, Manchin said the issue of Common Core has been politicized and “confusion has...

July-28-2014

By Erin Timony 
The State Journal

Amid packing and unpacking boxes, preparing to move across state lines and focusing on the basics of food and shelter, Michael Martirano is looking forward to new opportunities awaiting him in the Mountain State.

The West Virginia Board of Education selected Martirano as state superintendent following a nationwide search. As part of the process, the national search firm, Ray and Associates Inc., engaged 248 individuals regarding the...

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