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U.S. Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind
By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The Senate today begins debate on a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, which set national education standards but quickly became unpopular with teachers and parents because of its emphasis on standardized testing.

The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when...


West Virginia Head Start programs share federal funding
The Associated Press

Seven Head Start or Early Head Start programs across West Virginia are sharing more than $17 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the Department of Health and Human Services funding on Thursday. The programs provide health, nutrition, education and social services to West Virginia families and children.

The grants range from...


Fewer students, younger teachers cited for drop in state education budget
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Department of Education’s budget decreased by $85.3 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which started last week, because of decreased student enrollment, continued retirements of higher-paid teachers, increased property values and lower required retirement payments.



Prevailing wage repeal may have to be revisited, says original sponsor
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A “true wage” is what he’s after, but state Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley, 15) said he doubts that’s what’s going to come out of the ongoing prevailing wage calculations from WorkForce West Virginia authorized in a new state law.

Data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, must be factored in, Blair...


Standardized test results expected to come back early
By Matthew Baumgarten,

Despite the confusion and at times, frustration, for students, teachers, and parents with this past year's standardized testing, the state says test results will be available much earlier than expected.

According to state superintendent Michael Martirano, local school boards should get their test results in August.

Previously, boards had to wait until as late as...