June 2015

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June 18, 2015

Decision in Ohio v. Clark avoids putting educators in law enforcement role
NEA President: Mandatory reporting laws are there to protect abused, neglected children

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling today in Ohio v. Clark, which raised the question of whether a child’s statement to his teacher about being a victim of abuse is inadmissible in a criminal prosecution against his abuser because teachers and other educators should be...

June 21, 2015

Report: WV receives little federal aid for education
By Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter, WV State Journal

At a time when policymakers in West Virginia are making critical choices for higher education funding, a new report shows many states already have done the same.

A map of federal and state relationships in higher education funding bring up three key points: levels of funding coming from the federal government and states shift dramatically, many...

June 24, 2015

West Virginia's ESEA flexibility to continue
By Brittany Murray, The Exponent Telegram 

CLARKSBURG — The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) granted West Virginia and seven other states multiple years of continued flexibility from the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

“It’s just more of a move that USDE is moving away from those outdated guidelines and allowing us more flexibility at the state level,” Harrison County...

June 24, 2015

Putnam's Cindy Daniel picked as new deputy state superintendent
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Putnam County Schools official has been named state deputy superintendent of education support.

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano announced Cynthia Daniel's appointment on Tuesday. She will replace Chuck Heinlein, who will retire on June 30.

Daniel currently serves as a Putnam County Schools assistant superintendent. Her...

June 24, 2015

Common Core, testing, 2016 election to be spotlighted at NEA convention
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

ORLANDO, Fla. — The pressing issues of public education will be at the forefront of discussion at the National Education Association’s 153rd meeting starting later this week in Orlando.

Some of West Virginia’s problems in education are likely to be discussed since they are problems shared by other states.  At the forefront of the discussion will be the...

June 25, 2015

Tomblin to discuss juvenile justice reform in Huntington
By Huntington Herald-Dispatch Staff

HUNTINGTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is outlining a new push to overhaul West Virginia's juvenile justice system.

Tomblin will be in Huntington on Thursday afternoon discussing reforms that passed last legislative session. The event will be at the St. Mary's Center for Education.

With the law, truancy diversion specialists will be in every county and youth...

June 26, 2015

Hoppy Kercheval: State superintendent sticks to 180 days
WV MetroNews

The public school year in some West Virginia counties ended with a kind of educational malaise; poor student attendance, many teachers out, no real instruction, grumbling by parents that their kids had to attend school well into June and a general waste of time.

The worst problems were in counties that missed a lot of days because of winter weather.  Their school year was extended to...

June 30, 2015

Standardized test results expected to come back early
By Matthew Baumgarten,

Despite the confusion and at times, frustration, for students, teachers, and parents with this past year's standardized testing, the state says test results will be available much earlier than expected.

According to state superintendent Michael Martirano, local school boards should get their test results in August.

Previously, boards had to wait until as late as...