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April-22-2015

School board giving back by way of tax break in Ohio County
WTOV

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. -- Neighbors in Ohio County will soon see a break in their property taxes.

The board of education voted Tuesday morning to cut taxes by 2 percent for the first time in 18 years, but it wasn't without opposition. Some say Ohio County Schools will take a hit from funding improvements, but others say they could afford to give the taxpayers a break with...

April-21-2015

Editorial: Keep the politics out of the classroom, please
Charleston Daily Mail editorial

If the local educators were in charge of curricula, you probably wouldn’t hear much complaining about testing requirements.

Oh sure, some students and parents would complain about the difficulty of the tests – some parents would complain that the teacher doesn’t like their kid, and so on.

But you likely would not have the power struggle over Big Education in...

April-21-2015

Is teacher absenteeism really a problem?
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer   
  
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State school board member Wade Linger recently said that in some counties teachers are missing more days than their students. State education officials acknowledge there may be a problem but couldn’t provide firm numbers to support the allegation.

In 2013, as legislators pushed a bill to address the alleged problem, then-state schools Superintendent Jim...

April-20-2015

Two W.Va. teachers, WVEA members talk standardized testing woes
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Standardized testing is beginning for students in West Virginia. This year, the online Smarter Balanced Assessment, based on Common Core standards, is being used in subjects of math and English language arts for grades 3-11.

Early on, Sarita Beckett, a 6th grade teacher at Independence Middle School in Raleigh County, said the reviews for the fully computerized...

April-20-2015

Student testing opt-outs spark debate
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

Pushback from school officials after hundreds of Wayne County parents attempted to opt their children out of their end-of-year assessments last week has sparked a civil liberties debate, causing many to question whether or not ultimate authority over public education lies with the state.

While opting out is not a recent development in West Virginia, attitudes toward...

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