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By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Wednesday to hire its first-ever full-time attorney, whose job will be specifically to tend to the board's needs -- not the Department of Education as a whole.

The state Department of Education already employs two full-time attorneys: Heather Hutchens-Deskins, who makes more than $100,200, and Sherri Goodman, who makes more than $85,000.



By Kera Mashek

Dunbar, W.Va. -- Some industry estimates say there are up to 600,000 jobs vacant across the country, because there aren't workers with the right skill sets to fill those positions: from manufacturing to technical trades.

So this year, 26 schools across West Virginia launched a brand new program called the "simulated workplace." It's not exactly an ordinary way of learning -- but it's a method that students and teachers are confident will help prepare...


By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Retired public employees and teachers will be at the State Capitol on Thursday morning, pushing for two pieces of legislation that those with the Coalition of Retired Public Employees say are long overdue.

“It’s a matter of priorities,” said Ernie “Spud” Terry, CORPE spokesperson, who was helping organize the annual event to build support for the group’s legislative causes.

Again this year, group members are...


By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Amid a push for more transparency in West Virginia's teacher hiring process, state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares is denying accusations he played a part in his son's recent hiring as a teacher.

Last year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill -- which also de-emphasized seniority in the hiring process -- gave teachers the ability to weigh in on hiring decisions at their school alongside principals. But if a school's faculty...


By Tricia Lynn Strader -, 

BERKELEY SPRINGS - A Jefferson County circuit court judge has dismissed a challenge to a special school levy election set for May 13 in Morgan County.

In January, attorney Michael L. Scales filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents Dorothea Jeannie Ford, Frieda Ickes and Kent "Brooks" McCumbee. The complaint said according West Virginia Code 18-9-1, the school board can only present a previously defeated levy vote again at a general...