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April-15-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says some of the education reform discussion that state lawmakers are going to do when their special session resumes should focus on middle school students.

Lee, a guest Friday on MetroNews “Talkline,” said the state is failing a lot of them.

“That’s where a lot of kids are losing interest,” Lee said.

Lee said at least two areas should be...

April-11-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members asked Wednesday about legal issues regarding rejecting orders that state lawmakers give them.

The discussion came after lawmakers repeatedly have tried to pass major curriculum changes in recent years and as they consider other substantial changes to education in the upcoming special legislative session.

“We’re concerned possibly with the encroachment of the Legislature,” said state school...

April-10-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. — Speaking in Greenbrier County Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice said he believes all parties can agree to have a few pilot charter schools as part of an anticipated education reform package.

“I think the Dems, I think the unions, I think all will go with us to two or three pilot charter schools. I don’t think that’s going to be a deal breaker,” Justice said.

The governor, who was in Ronceverte to hand out a sewer...

April-09-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A final report from the eight Department of Education-sponsored education reform public forums won’t be ready in time for Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting.

State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said they will talk about the forums but the final report is going to take a few weeks to put together. The mediation firm the department hired is working with Marshall University to put all of the...

April-08-2019

By The Dominion Post

“It’s just really good to listen to people.”

That should be the first point of reference for the Legislature once it resumes its special session on public education reforms.

The remark above was one of the state superintendent of schools’ observations following the final forum on the state’s education system.

We were encouraged by the thousands of West Virginians who participated in the eight forums sponsored by the state Department of...

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