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August 1, 2019

 

by SARAH LIEU

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS, WVAH) — It's hard to believe many kids soon will be heading back to school in our area.

For teachers, that means the annual challenge of making sure they have what they need for the classroom.

The Adopt-A-Teacher program helps fill that need.

Sponsors can "adopt" a teacher, agreeing to buy as many items on the list as possible.

For Theresa Holt, it is a big help to make sure her special education students...

August 7, 2019

By Bishop Nash, The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — The need for social support in West Virginia’s public schools is well-documented and equally dire.

There are 10,522 homeless students in the Mountain State — which continues to drag at or near the bottom in most poverty metrics — with the opioid epidemic splintering the family unit at every corner.

But schools in a handful of West Virginia counties are preparing for the addition of new state-funded and...

August 14, 2019

By Eddie Trizzino, Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT – It’s not unusual for there to be open teaching positions before the start of the school year.

What is unusual is for the positions to have few to no applicants, which the Marion County Board of Education discussed Monday, because that is exactly the case with some available jobs as the school year approaches.

“We’re seeing that sometimes we’ve posted a job three or four times and we haven’t had an applicant, or we’re...

August 15, 2019

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Student enrollment continues to decline at West Virginia’s public schools, according to information Dr. Steve Paine, the state superintendent of schools, presented to members of the state Board of Education Wednesday.

The numbers, compared with the past 15 years, were included in his state Department of Education Year In Review for 2018-2019.

See the full report ...

August 16, 2019

By Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Schools Superintendent Steve Paine told state education leaders he never planned to start sharing the number of homeless students in the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported in July that 10,522 public school students — or nearly...

August 19, 2019

By Erin Beck, Beckley Register-Herald

Don't expect charter schools in the near future in West Virginia. 

In an interview this past week, an advocate at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said that West Virginia's law is too restrictive to encourage charter school development in the state. 

"I think it's pretty unlikely that y'all will have one anytime soon if you look at other states with this authorizing structure," said Emily Schultz, director of state...

August 21, 2019
  • By Marie Newcomb-Lews
  • and Sam Hickman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

School social workers often work behind the scenes, making it possible for children to overcome life’s obstacles so they get the best possible education.

They are school social workers such as Shanna Smith, in McDowell County, who brought mental health services to the school system for the estimated 61 percent of low-income children and youth with mental and emotional issues....