July 2015

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July 21, 2015

Martirano: Next year's testing may be moved back
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he plans to work with interested parties in the coming months to change the time of standardized testing next school year.

“The misnomer is that once testing occurs, that instruction ends,” Martirano said last week on MetroNews Talkline. “So we’re looking to push that testing window back. I’ll be working with...

July 21, 2015

Too soon to know if PEIA retiree premiums will rise
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Days after the state Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board was notified the plan will need nearly $60 million of premium increases for active state employee coverage for the 2016-17 plan year, Administration officials said it is too early to tell if similar increases will be needed for retiree health coverage.

“By September or October, they’ll have...

July 21, 2015

KIDS COUNT: Child poverty a growing problem in W.Va.
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There are 13,000 more West Virginia children living in poverty than there were in 2008, according to the newly released KIDS COUNT data book.

Margie Hale, the Executive Director of KIDS COUNT said the povery statistics among children are alarming.

“We learned from the 2015 data book that 100,000 children are living in poverty in West Virginia,” she said...

July 23, 2015

State funding for local truancy officers now available
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s 55 schools districts can now apply for state funding to help combat excessive absences in public schools.

The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting applications from county boards of education for funding to hire a local truancy diversion specialist.

Those county level specialists will work directly with students...

July 27, 2015

Op-ed: Just a matter of time before year-round school debate begins
By Matt Harvey, The Exponent Telegram

For as long as most of us can remember, summer’s unofficial end is tied to the beginning of school.

Five or 10 years ago, that would have meant having about a month of “summer” left. But the past few years, the end of July has equated to having just a few days left.

Summer today also has a lot of organized activities that weren’t available 30...

July 27, 2015

W.Va., Ohio struggle with unemployment
By Casey Junkins, Staff Writer, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - West Virginia has a significantly higher unemployment rate than the rest of the nation, according to data released this week, while the Upper Ohio Valley in general continues coping with job losses.

Marshall, Ohio, Wetzel, Tyler, Brooke and Harrison counties feature higher unemployment rates than they did in June 2014, while Belmont...

July 29, 2015

Success Summit: education after 12th grade essential in current economy
By WV MetroNews Staff

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- At a two-day summit in Morgantown, 500 education administrators, teachers, students, military members and community representatives brainstorm methods to inspire an interest in learning beyond 12th grade.

“An education after high school, whether that be a 2-year or 4-year, is essential. It’s an opportunity. It’s available and it’s affordable...

July 31, 2015

Changes ahead for Fayette County students
By Annie Moore, WVVA Multimedia Journalist

Fayette County (WVVA) -- As Fayette County students prepare to head back to school, many will be returning with more pressing questions than just who their next teacher will be. While some will stay in the same school as last year, others will be walking into a new one.

Just a month into his term as Superintendent, Terry George said he is working toward a long-term plan...