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West Virginia on the hunt for state superintendent -- again
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two years after the hiring of Michael Martirano, West Virginia is in the market for a new state superintendent of schools.

Martirano’s resignation, which he submitted Tuesday citing family reasons, takes effect June 30, 2017, allowing time for a replacement to be hired to lead the state Department of Education.

Whoever is brought on board...


Report: Gayle Manchin used position with NASBE to boost EpiPen
By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY

After Gayle Manchin took over the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2012, she spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.

 The association’s move helped pave the way for Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, to develop a near monopoly in...


Martirano will leave position next June
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Michael Martirano announced Tuesday that he is leaving his position as West Virginia’s 30th state schools superintendent on June 30, 2017, the end of the current fiscal year.

He's spent about two years in the role, during which the Department of Education he leads has defended from legislative attack the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts standards and...


FEMA approves grant for Nicholas County schools
By WV MetroNews Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins announced Friday FEMA has approved a grant for more than $1 million for the Nicholas County school system in connection with flood damage.

“Our children need safe, well-equipped schools, but several Nicholas County schools sustained serious damages in June from devastating floods. Our students, faculty and staff...


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...