September 2015

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September 24, 2015

Plymale, Martirano talk education at Huntington Chamber session
The State Journal

Speaking to members of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting Sept. 23, state Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Cabell/Wayne, voiced strong criticism of what he called the “intrusive” role of the federal government in education and offered some equally barbed comments about the testing now prevalent in the state’s schools.

Plymale said he is not a believer in...

September 25, 2015

Eight W.Va. schools chosen for STEM network
By Lori Kersey, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

George Washington High School in Charleston is one of eight schools across the state picked to be a part of West Virginia’s first STEM Network Schools program.

The program was developed based on the recommendations from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Council.

“Together, these schools will help ‘raise the bar’ in STEM...

September 28, 2015

Kanawha students receiving controversial new training to counter school shootings
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

 As part of a new training program, Kanawha County schools officials are now telling students and teachers they shouldn't automatically hunker down in classrooms if there's someone with a gun in their school.

Perhaps most controversial is the program's guidance that students can physically confront a shooter as a...

September 28, 2015

Bill Nye to visit Charleston for speaker series
By Lydia Nuzum, Health Reporter

 Bill Nye Nationally renowned science educator and former children’s television host Bill Nye will visit Charleston in November as part of the Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series, hosted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research.

Nye, the host of the popular PBS series “Bill Nye the Science Guy” in the 1990s, will be the featured...

September 28, 2015

Ex-state school superintendent, board take arguments to WV Supreme Court
By Linda Harris, Legal Reporter

Former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple and the state Board of Education are preparing to square off again, this time in front of the Supreme Court.

Marple sued the board and then-president L. Wade Linger for wrongfully terminating her “at-will” employment in November 2012. She contends board members secretly plotted to get rid of...

September 29, 2015

SBA shoots down Fayette consolidation plan
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state School Building Authority on Monday shot down Fayette County Schools’ latest plan to consolidate schools.

This attempt would’ve combined four high schools — Fayetteville, Meadow Bridge, Midland Trail and Oak Hill — into a new one, and allowed students in the dilapidated Collins Middle to move into the current Oak Hill High.

Monday’s divided voice vote to...

September 30, 2015

Green questions SBA ability to reject Fayette consolidation plan
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald 

As Fayette County reels from the School Building Authority's decision to nix an amendment to the county's Comprehensive Educations Facilities Plan Monday, some question the board's ability to reject the amendment on the basis of proposed consolidation.

West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green said he was surprised by the vote and believes...