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House easily passes NCLB rewrite
By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of failed efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor.

The legislation, approved 359-64, would return to the states the decision-making power...


Graduation rate rises in West Virginia high schools
By MetroNews Staff

More students in West Virginia are graduating from high school, according to data released Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Education.

West Virginia saw a 2 percent increase from 84.5 percent in 2013-14 to 86.5 percent in 2014-15 in four-year graduation rates.

The graduation rate statewide has increased throughout the last five years, increasing nearly 20 percentage...


County officials say they weren't contacted by TFA
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Officials from two of the three West Virginia counties that a Teach For America leader said the group plans to serve say they haven’t been contacted by the organization, and one official said his county likely won’t need the program.

“I have had no contact with anyone from Teach for America, and if I had, I have a feeling their plans would have been altered,”...


Teacher shortages and inadequate resources fail special needs students in W.Va
By Robert Devitt, Logan Helfferich and Kayla Kesselman | The Daily Anthenaeum

Roy Stevens, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, wasn’t receiving adequate special education services at his high school in Hundred, West Virginia, so the local school board required him to attend another school about an hour away from his home.

Because the Wetzel County Board of...


Calhoun seeking change to small county school funding
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Officials from the county school system with the biggest deficit in West Virginia want changes to a part of the state’s school aid funding formula that’s meant to help the lowest-enrollment counties by paying them for students they don’t have.

There are nine counties in the Mountain State with fewer than 1,400 public school students from prekindergarten...