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Green: Families need to instill value of education
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Wall Street Journal analysis of U.S. Census Data found Massachusetts was the most educated state in America with just over 41 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree. The other end of the spectrum found West Virginia the least educated state with fewer than 20 percent of Mountain State adults who attained a college education.

“That’s the...


State SBA President comments on Common Core poll
By Matt Maccaro, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A recent poll of county school board members shows division on feelings toward the Common Core teaching standards.

The survey was completed by 126 members, or roughly 46 percent, at a conference last month. West Virginia School Board Association President Greg Prudich said geography seemed to be a trend in how members responded.

“My observation is as you...


WV counties plan for $16M in statewide school funding cuts
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter

Kanawha and Berkeley counties are expected to lose more than $1 million each, and Putnam and six other counties are each expected to lose more than $500,000 in the first mid-school-year cut since the early ’90s to West Virginia K-12 schools’ largest funding source. Joe Panetta, the state Department of Education’s chief operations officer, said a roughly $16 million...


2 percent of kids didn't take Smarter Balanced; 'refusals' an issue in Wayne, Tucker
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Only about 2 percent of eligible West Virginia students didn’t take the state’s standardized tests in math and English/language arts last school year, according to the state Department of Education, suggesting the Mountain State largely avoided the Common Core exam “opt out” movement seen in other states.

West Virginia also...


Justice, Cole discuss budget cuts and state economy
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Two announced candidates for governor spent time in Parkersburg Thursday meeting with officials and supporters.

State Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer) and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice, promoted jobs, education and the economy at separate events.

Cole spoke about the four percent cuts issued by Gov. Earl...