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April-02-2014

Phares doesn’t reveal his reason
By John Raby Associated Press  

CHARLESTON — West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares announced his retirement Tuesday after only 15 months on the job, an unexpected move that disappointed some who hoped he’d stick around to lead a department whose policies had come under heavy scrutiny by a wide-ranging audit.

Phares didn’t give a reason in his letter to state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin behind his decision to...

April-02-2014

By Jeff Jenkins in News | April 02, 2014 at 12:57PM 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association said Wednesday Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin evidently doesn’t understand the importance of daily planning periods for teachers.
(Read governor’s veto message here)...

April-01-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former governor and national education leader Gaston Caperton broke his silence on the state of West Virginia's education system on Monday - pushing for teacher pay raises and voicing concerns about Common Core.

Caperton, who, after his stint as West Virginia governor ended in 1997 went on to teach at Harvard and Columbia and, until recently, served as president of the College Board, which administers the SAT...

April-01-2014

By Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of School Dr. Jim Phares is retiring. He made the announcement Tuesday in a resignation letter he submitted to the state Board of Education.

Phares said he plans to retire on June 30 but will remain superintendent until his replacement has been named.

In his resignation letter, Phares said, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students, parents and teachers of the state of West Virginia...

April-01-2014

By Marla Pisciotta 
The Associated Press

ROMNEY, W.Va. — A second meeting within as many weeks was held Friday at the Ebenezer Church, Sunrise Summit, to discuss the fate of child care workers at West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

Anita Mitter is an organizational development specialist with the West Virginia Education Association.

“This was a work meeting because the child care workers have a lot ahead of them. They are facing the possible loss of...

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