July 2017

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July 6, 2017

NEA applauds lawsuit against Education Department, DeVos
Lawsuit attempts to stop Education Secretary from eliminating regulations designed to forgive students’ debt for worthless degrees
NEA Communications Department Press Release

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general of 18 states and the District of Columbia today filed suit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the delay of implementing student borrower defense regulations. This lawsuit,...

July 6, 2017

WVDE launches online survey, welcoming comments on ESSA plan
By Jake Jarvis, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education launched an online survey this week for people to offer input on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

The draft plan won’t be released for the public to review until August, though, according to Jessica Hall, a spokeswoman for the department. The state needs to submit the plan to the federal government in...

July 10, 2017

State BOE meets Monday on Nicholas County
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education is scheduled to meet in emergency session Monday in connection with the ongoing dispute with the Nicholas County Board of Education over the county’s school consolidation plan.

The official notification of the meeting, posted Friday, said the purpose of the meeting would be “to help expedite a final resolution of the matters pending...

July 10, 2017

WV ranks 43rd nationally in kids’ well-being
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia ranks 43rd in the country in terms of children’s well-being, according to the latest Kids Count report.

Last year, West Virginia ranked 39th. The year before that, the state ranked 43rd. And in 2014, West Virginia ranked 37th...

July 11, 2017

State school board rejects Nicholas consolidation plan, again
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the conclusion of an emergency meeting a day head of a court hearing on the matter, the state school board voted to again reject a Nicholas County school consolidation plan.

Monday afternoon’s meeting, which lasted five hours before a packed house of Nicholas County residents, was meant “to help expedite a final resolution...

July 12, 2017

CNBC ranks West Virginia as worst state for business
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Business news channel CNBC released its ratings of the “top states for business” for this year Tuesday, placing West Virginia at the...

July 12, 2017

Nicholas consolidation question: Do local boards have to comply with rules, or go beyond them?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If a county school board has met the standards for public involvement as it decides to consolidate local schools, should it expect to receive the stamp of approval from the state Board of Education?

Or does the state board have the right to determine that although the standards have been met as they’re stated...

July 13, 2017

West Virginia education board approves Fayette County consolidation
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to close seven schools in the Fayette County Schools district.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted 4-1 in May for closing numerous schools and reconfiguring schools for new grade levels.

This plan included closing Meadow Bridge High School, a measure which was removed in...

July 24, 2017

State knew sanctions loomed if Title IV audit filed late
By Jake Jarvis, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public colleges will need to come up with about $245 million in the next month after the U.S. Department of Education slapped financial sanctions on the schools, said Paul Hill, chancellor of the state agency that oversees four-year colleges.

The sanctions, which affect the colleges’ access to Title IV funds, came after the state Department...

July 24, 2017

Vote next month on proposed changes to state's school nutrition policy
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ahead of the start of the new school year in West Virginia, members of the state Board of Education will take up a proposed repeal and replacement of the Mountain State’s existing school nutrition policy during an August meeting.

Policy 4321.1 Standards for School Nutrition has not been fully updated since 2008.

As proposed,...

July 28, 2017

ACA 'skinny repeal' fails narrowly; Manchin voted against, Capito for
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

The U.S. Senate rejected early Friday morning legislation repealing parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The so-called “skinny repeal” of “Obamacare” would have repealed the individual mandate requiring people to have insurance or otherwise face a penalty. It would have also suspended a similar requirement on large employers for eight...

July 31, 2017

New accountability system, assessments key parts of ESSA proposal  
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A public comment period lasting 30 days begins Tuesday for West Virginia’s proposed state education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a proposal that’s been the focus of a series of statewide meetings this summer.

In general, it covers four areas in public education: academic standards, statewide assessments, school...