October 2017

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October 2, 2017

WV has highest rate of student loan defaults
By Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Rebekah Hollers, 36, of Charleston, is one of thousands of West Virginians who have defaulted on their student loans. After struggling to make her monthly payments, Hollers finally pulled herself out of default.To have enough money to pay rent and buy food as a college student, Rebekah Hollers worked overnight at Kroger. She would sleep whenever she could find time between work...

October 2, 2017

3 WV elementaries named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Three West Virginia elementary schools are among the 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017, the U.S. Education Department announced Thursday.

Brooke County's Colliers Primary, Hampshire County's Slanesville Elementary and Taylor County's Flemington Elementary each won the award in the Exemplary High Performing Schools...

October 3, 2017

Kanawha plans to offer statewide online school program
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s public schools superintendent revealed Monday that his school system plans to partner with the state Department of Education to offer an online school option statewide, and the Kanawha Board of Education unanimously approved a job description for a planned new executive director to run the program.

Superintendent Ron Duerring said the state...

October 11, 2017

WV Supreme Court upholds state's denial of Nicholas consolidation
by Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the state Board of Education had the right to reject the Nicholas County Board of Education’s plan to consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a single campus near Summersville.

“The West Virginia Board of Education is entitled to utilize its discretion in approving or rejecting...

October 12, 2017

Fixing the teacher shortage

The following remarks were made by WVEA President Dale Lee to the State Board of Education on Wednesday, October 11 regarding the shortage of education employees –

President Campbell, Superintendent Paine, members of the Board-

I am WVEA President Dale Lee and I would like to make some comments regarding Policy 5202 and the shortage of teachers and other education employees that our state currently faces.

I am...

October 13, 2017

State Board of Education adopts 9 new policies

The West Virginia Board of Education adopted nine policies during its meeting in Charleston today that will affect schools statewide.
The policies affect attendance, academics, health care and more. According to officials, the policies were available online for a 30-day public comment period, and those comments were considered for the policies.

You can view a description of each policy below,...

October 16, 2017

WV Dept. of Ed. selects new assessment for grades 3-8
By Jake Jarvis Staff writer

Starting in the spring, students in grades 3 through 8 will take the American Institute for Research’s math and English language arts assessment as the new statewide standardized test, replacing the Smarter Balanced exam.

The state Department of Education selected the AIR assessment Friday, a test which assistant superintendent of teaching and learning Lou Maynus said...

October 16, 2017

Proposed federal budget could cut funding for school lunch programs
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer

The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the federal budget for this fiscal year could significantly shrink a program that has expanded free meals to public school students, especially in West Virginia.

The state Department of Education and the Food Research & Action Center, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-hunger nonprofit, say that could happen if the...

October 18, 2017

WV lawmakers hear proposals for elected state school board
RYAN QUINN | Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia lawmakers heard Tuesday about general proposals to allow voters to elect state Board of Education members and allow lawmakers themselves to reject and amend policies that the state school board passes.

The hour-and-a-half legislative interim meeting came after the House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution 24 during this year’s...