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By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

On Feb. 19, public schools across West Virginia were empty.

Classrooms were silent and students were home. Teachers, bus drivers and others were protesting at the state Capitol.

But not far off Interstate 64 near Beaver and Beckley, past a lot full of mobile homes and another of storage pods and a mile from its namesake church, Victory Baptist Academy was open.

About 140 students total attend in prekindergarten through 12th...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A newspaper commentary authored by the state Senate Education Committee chairwoman contains a passage that is nearly identical to a post found on a pro-charter school website.

Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, on Thursday denied copying the passage.

“If it’s similar that’s pretty amazing,” she said. “It is an incredible coincidence.”


Rucker’s commentary was published in Thursday’s Register-Herald. It was also sent...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Debra Sullivan told her fellow West Virginia Board of Education members Wednesday that she was perplexed, a word she repeated, alarmed and concerned about a state school board “finance” committee suddenly adding lawmakers as members and discussing non-finance-related topics.

“I was perplexed and dismayed to see that there was a policy committee established without our knowledge, without our opportunity for input,” Sullivan said.



By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is recommending no education savings account vouchers and, if charter schools are legalized, banning for-profit and virtual ones.

The department released those recommendations Tuesday in a report, available online at Neither vouchers nor charter schools made the department’s four “top priorities,” which are:

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By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report resulting from education forums around the state may serve as a launching point for an upcoming legislative special session.

“I think it needs to be the foundation of a special session on education,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said today on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

The report is available here.

The report, called “West...