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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...

March-31-2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Twelve West Virginia teachers were honored Monday with Arch Coal's annual Teacher Achievement Awards.

The Arch Coal Foundation, with support from the West Virginia Education Association, the West Virginia Library Commission and the state Department of Education, sponsors the awards annually.

Each recipient receives a $3,500 cash award from the Arch Coal Foundation, and each recipient's public school receives a $1,000 grant for use with at-risk students from...

March-31-2014

By Kate White 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The agency that administers state employees' retirement plans has been short-changing veterans by using a too narrow definition for what constitutes military service, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

Five men filed suit after the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board denied them credit for years they had served in the military.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib reversed the board's...

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