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By Eric Eyre 
The Charleston Gazette

West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s first major administrative hire lasted four days on the job, after Department of Education officials learned that the office’s new executive director is being investigated for allegedly misusing state funds at a similar post in Virginia.

On Dec. 4, Tammy McGraw was fired from her job as executive director of the West Virginia department’s instructional technology division. Just...


By Mike Hricik  
The Charleston Gazette  
WINFIELD — Putnam County secondary math teachers don’t like the structure of certain Common Core courses. And, they feel that their students aren’t getting the course material either.

Putnam County Board of Education members unanimously approved seeking a waiver from the state from Common Core “integrated” math curricula on Monday night.

If approved by the West Virginia Department of Education, the waiver would allow...


By Samuel Speciale  
The Charleston Daily Mail  

A spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday that a list of potential candidates to fill vacancies on the state Board of Education is still being reviewed, though he could not give a timetable for when an appointment would be made.

Tomblin issued a similar statement in June when asked about the state of his search.

The board has two vacant seats, one of which has been empty since December 2012 when former...


By Ryan Quinn  
The Charleston Gazette 

The West Virginia Board of Education is appealing to the state Supreme Court after a lower judge refused to dismiss an ousted state superintendent’s suit against the school board.

Jorea Marple sued the board and individual member Wade Linger in April, arguing that Linger led a “covert agenda,” violating open meetings laws, to get other members to agree to vote to fire her in November 2012. Along with defamation and other...


By Ryan Quinn 
The Charleston Gazette

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously approved Wednesday a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

All 55 county school districts may apply, said Betty Jordan, executive assistant to the state schools superintendent. The few districts accepted at a later board meeting, likely in the spring, will receive permission to break current state education policy...