February 2017

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February 1, 2017

With resignations, big changes on state Board of Education
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The president and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education have resigned effective immediately, according to a news release sent out around 7 p.m. Tuesday by the state Department of Education’s spokeswoman.

The move comes after Gov. Jim Justice, who was inaugurated Jan. 16, appointed board member Bill White as director of the state’s Herbert...

February 1, 2017

Green and Jackson step down from roles on state BOE
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mike Green, president of the state school board, and Lloyd Jackson, the vice president, have resigned their positions effective immediately.

Last week, new Gov. Jim Justice named three new school board members. Replacements for Green and Jackson would be the fourth and fifth Justice appointees to the nine-member board.

Justice has said he would...

February 1, 2017

Governor Justice responds to school board resignations via Twitter
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We’re in a new age, where elected figures can tell you what they’re thinking in a series of tweets.

Gov. Jim Justice just appointed three new members to the state school board and now will appoint two more after Tuesday night’s...

February 2, 2017

Perry named state board member; Campbell willing to be president
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

UPDATE 9:00 p.m Wednesday — Gov. Justice has named longtime Fayette County educator Dave Perry to one of the two open spots on the board. Perry was a 16-year member of the House of Delegates. He’ll be sworn-in with three other new board members at an emergency board meeting scheduled for Thursday morning.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — State Board of Education member Tom...

February 2, 2017

WVEA Urges Senator Capito to Vote Against DeVos Nomination
WVEA Comunnications - Press Release

WVEA, the state’s largest teacher organization, urges Senator Capito to vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

“As educators we are greatly concerned about the possibility of Betsy DeVos heading the Department of Education. We encourage Senator Capito to join the bipartisan group of Senators who have found DeVos to be unqualified...

February 3, 2017

New state board members target A through F policy
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s state school board has a new president and vice president, four new members and another still to come — plus the desire to upend the A through F school grading system the previous incarnation of the board put into place just last fall.

This all happened at an emergency meeting called because previous board president Mike Green and vice...

February 3, 2017

Armstead says needed cuts won't spare education, DHHR
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Speaker of the House Tim Armstead said Thursday that the state can’t make “necessary” cuts in the upcoming legislative session if it doesn’t cut funding for education and the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Legislature faces a possible half-a-billion-dollar funding gap in next fiscal year’s budget if it doesn’t act to reduce...

February 6, 2017

Justice pursuing a 'different course' in education
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

When Lloyd Jackson announced his immediate resignation from his vice president spot on the West Virginia Board of Education, he noted it was at former governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s suggestion that the board helped develop “significant policies that are calculated to improve student achievement.”

Jackson wrote in his Tuesday night resignation news release that these...

February 7, 2017

Manchin maintains opposition as DeVos vote draws near
By Amanda Mangan, WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A vote could come Tuesday in the U.S. Senate on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary and that vote could be 50-50 split just like West Virginia’s U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito.

Manchin said on Potomac Highlands Today on MetroNews affiliate WKLP DeVos does not understand the public school system because she has...

February 8, 2017

DeVos confirmed; WVEA leader says it’s now wait and see
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could have an immediate impact on public schools in West Virginia.

DeVos was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday on a 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie after a 24-hour talk-athon by senators against DeVos, the charter school advocate...

February 8, 2017

WV Teacher of the Year to be presented new car, check
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice’s office will present West Virginia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year with a new car and a check Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Toni Poling, an English teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in Marion County, has been honored with the award. She has been teaching at Fairmont since 2006.

Poling will receive a new Toyota from Toyota Motor...

February 9, 2017

WV schools union chief to state: Rethink standardized tests 
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A school employees union president asked the newly reconfigured West Virginia Board of Education during its first regular meeting Wednesday to take off of public comment its proposed policy to change statewide high-school standardized exams from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course tests.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee instead asked for...