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Report: Teacher shortage is national crisis
By Sarah Plummer Register-Herald Reporter

The need to attract and retain highly qualified teachers is a discussion West Virginia is familiar with, especially with the West Virginia Department of Education reporting more than 600 teacher vacancies statewide.

But West Virginia isn't alone.

In fact, a recent analysis and report by the Learning Policy Institute indicates the United States is short 60,000...


FEMA green-lights portable classroom installation at 2 Kanawha schools
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — After a longer wait than expected, FEMA approved the installation of portable classrooms for two flood-damaged schools in Kanawha County Wednesday.

The Kanawha County Board of Education is expected to officially approve the plan at its Thursday evening meeting. The portables will accommodate Herbert Hoover High at Elkview Middle School...


PEIA conducting first insuree audit in years
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state Public Employees Insurance Agency is conducting its first major audit of insurees in six years, Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley Brown confirmed this week.

She said the state health insurance provider began the audit about six months ago as a way to curb increasing costs.

"PEIA is doing everything it can to make sure its...


WVEA president: Right decision made regarding test scores on evaluations
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association is applauding a recent decision from the state Board of Education that will keep student standardized test results from being used in evaluations of the Mountain State’s teachers.

“The standardized test is a single snapshot. It’s a one day snapshot of what that student is...


Teacher evaluation mandate halted, naloxone policy OK'd
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education, in voice votes with no nays heard, approved this week a policy waiver that again stops the mandate that 15 percent of annual evaluations for math and English language arts teachers be based on their students' improvement in standardized test scores over last school year.

The state school board also OK'd a policy change...