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February-15-2017

Alabamans warn WV against switching school tests to ACT
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-mail

The West Virginia Department of Education has removed from proposed policy changes its recommendation that the state Board of Education switch standardized tests in public high schools from Smarter Balanced to yet-to-be-developed end of course exams.

The move comes as the new governor and groups representing teachers and school administrators have expressed...

February-14-2017

Pension fund payments eyed as a way to fill budget gap
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia legislative leaders are looking for flexibility in the state’s pension funding to make a dent in the current half-billion dollar budget gap.

An idea being floated by House Finance Chairman Eric Nelson would refinance the state’s pension debt, which is currently scheduled to be paid off in 2034. The refinancing would extend the payments...

February-09-2017

WV DOE to draft superintendent job posting as Martirano continues to address teacher shortages
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano says he has a plan to address the “unconscionable” amount of teacher vacancies in the state.

“Right now we have 718 teacher vacancies across the state,” Martirano said. “That means that our young people are not receiving the quality education they deserve by a quality...

February-09-2017

Justice suggests pay raise for teachers, cutting RESA funds
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice proposed during his State of the State address Wednesday night a 2 percent pay raise for classroom teachers next fiscal year, and his proposed budget for next fiscal year also suggests cutting all state general revenue fund dollars for the eight Regional Education Service Agencies.

Teachers already get automatic pay raises based...

February-09-2017

WV schools union chief to state: Rethink standardized tests 
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A school employees union president asked the newly reconfigured West Virginia Board of Education during its first regular meeting Wednesday to take off of public comment its proposed policy to change statewide high-school standardized exams from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course tests.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee instead asked for...

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