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November-16-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval 
WV MetroNews

Government bureaucracy announcements of plans to reorganize are often met with a fair amount of eye-rolling.  After meetings, studies and more meetings, the deck chairs get rearranged and life goes on pretty much as it was before.

In West Virginia, education reformers have been stonewalled by the “third rail” of education politics—the 55 separate and distinct county school systems.  Communities value the autonomy of the local school board...

November-15-2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State education officials say a new “balanced governance” plan will redirect money back into West Virginia’s classrooms by eliminating positions in school board offices across the state and using that money to directly benefit students.

The five-year plan — proposed by the state Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance — would make major changes to the way the state’s 55 school districts...

November-13-2014

By Jeff Jenkins 
WV MetroNews

The state Board of Education decided Wednesday to put out for public comment a report looking at the future of the state’s 55 school districts.

The board’s School District Governance and Administration Commission recently completed its report that recommends keeping all county school districts but using regional education offices to combine some services. Commission chairman and state school board member Tom Campbell said the money saved...

November-13-2014

By Stephen Huba 
For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - With both houses of the West Virginia Legislature now in Republican hands, public school teachers are looking to Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for support in their drive to get a pay raise for the second consecutive year.

At Monday's Hancock County Board of Education meeting, Melanie Donofe, president of the Hancock County Education Association, and board President Jerry Durante acknowledged that Republican...

November-13-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education has hired former Kanawha County educator Susan O’Brien as chief public school auditor.

O’Brien’s appointment as director of the Office of Education Performance Audits was announced Wednesday. She will replace the retiring Gus Penix.

O’Brien currently serves as deputy director of educator quality for the New Mexico Public Education System.

The audit office evaluates the performances of public...

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