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April 1, 2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

April 1, 2020

West Virginia’s statewide school closure has gone on for more than two weeks now, and the state Department of Education hasn’t yet released clear guidance or clear mandates on whether teachers should grade the work they’re giving students during the shutdown.

Department spokeswoman Christy Day said new guidance won’t be available until late Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, interviews with...

April 6, 2020

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

April 6, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At some point Gov. Jim Justice is going to make a decision about whether the hundreds of school buildings across West Virginia will open again this school year or remain closed until next fall because of the coronavirus.

On several occasions last week, despite urgings from leading lawmakers and others to close the buildings for the duration of the term, Justice said he...

April 7, 2020

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

April 7, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Classroom teachers throughout West Virginia are reaching their students in various ways while outside of their classrooms because of the coronavirus.

Wayne County 4th Grade teacher Amber McCoy has been reading to her kids on Facebook and she’s set up a time for them to read back to her what they’ve written in their journals. She’s also been teaching various lessons through social media....

April 14, 2020

By Lacie Pierson, Charleston Gazette-Mail

April 14, 2020

The timeline of West Virginia’s 2020 Primary Election may have shifted by about a month, but the opportunities and voting processes remain the same.

Secretary of State Mac Warner on Tuesday reiterated that every West Virginian who is registered to vote can expect to receive an application to vote absentee in the mail within the next 10 days.

“If a registered voter doesn’t receive an...

April 14, 2020

WVEA Delegate Assembly Moved to One-Day, Remote Meeting

Considering the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis, the WVEA Executive Committee has voted to hold a remote Delegate Assembly on Saturday, May 23.

“Our Delegate Assembly was originally scheduled on April 23-25 and was cancelled by the hotel. With social distancing and gathering restrictions in place it was unclear when we would be able to reschedule and hold a...

April 17, 2020

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

April 17, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Around 29 percent of West Virginia households have an “unmailable address” and state officials working on the 2020 U.S. Census response believe that is a major reason why numbers remain low.

Jill Upson, the Executive Director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and member of the state’s Complete Count Commission told MetroNews that the census has been...

April 21, 2020

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

April 21, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice hinted Monday there will soon be an announcement about what will happen with the schools in the state after April 30.

That’s currently the last day of Justice’s previous closure order. He said he met with state School Superintendent Clayton Burch Monday to discuss the next step.

“Clayton is on top of this in every way. I think you’ll be hearing from...

April 22, 2020

By Brad McElhinny, Wv MetroNews

April 21, 2020

A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature.

The act said people may choose to be employed in unionized workplaces without actually joining the union or paying regular union dues. Unions contended that represented a “taking” of representation without fair compensation.

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April 23, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A task force has been put together to ensure that West Virginia’s class of 2020 gets a proper send-off from high school, when the time is right.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice said in-person school is out for the summer. Virtual classes will continue through the end of the year.

The last day of school will be determined by individual counties.

Justice and State Superintendent Clayton Burch said the governor’s office and the state Department of...

April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - West Virginia students who will be seniors during the 2020-21 school year now have the opportunity to get their SAT scores in time to be submitted for college admissions and to qualify for the state’s Promise Scholarship.

The West Virginia Department of Education says it worked with the College Board to establish a free SAT School Day. The exam is available for seniors who would have taken the state-provided SAT School Day in...