December 2017

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December 6, 2017

WV state school board approves closing three Brooke schools
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

HUNTINGTON — The West Virginia Board of Education approved Tuesday closing three of Brooke County’s seven public elementary schools.

The state school board, meeting at Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center, also heard that the state’s four-year high school graduation rate for last school year was 89.4 percent, about the same as the prior school year...

December 8, 2017

Proposed social studies requirement reductions in WV criticized
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer

State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine told the West Virginia Board of Education this week that “interestingly, there’s strong sentiment not to reduce a social studies credit, very strong.”

He was talking about feedback received so far on the state school board’s proposed changes to a rule known as Policy 2510. The proposed changes include reducing, from four to...

December 12, 2017

SBA approves nearly $60 million in school construction, renovation projects
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia School Building Authority board Monday awarded about $59.1 million in construction and renovation money to 22 county school systems, including $7 million to fix the heating and cooling issues and replace part of the roof of Kanawha County’s Ben Franklin Career Center.

About a dozen Ben Franklin teachers filed a grievance...

December 12, 2017

Higher education chancellor wants more high schools to take up co-requisite model
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Separate studies released in the past week show West Virginia with one of the nation’s highest high school graduation rates while at the same time a larger percentage of those graduates having to take remedial courses when they get to college.

It’s a situation that has drawn the attention of many including...

December 18, 2017

WV schools get B+ for teaching in finance
By Fred Pace, Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON - High schools in West Virginia earned a B+ for teaching personal finance, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The grade was in "Is Your State Making the Grade? The 2017 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools," prepared by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy.

The 2017 Report Card showed West Virginia joining...