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Study: WV school workforce 'largely stable,' but new teacher retention an issue
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia's public school teacher and administrator workforce is "largely stable," although nearly one-fifth of new Mountain State teachers left the state's public education system after one school year, according to a new study that looked at five school years.

The study, released last week, found that, on average, 90.1 percent...


Martirano pushes 'stay the course' attitude
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says education will continue to improve in West Virginia’s public schools if everyone stays the course.

Announcements the past two weeks have shown some modest improvement in test scores, including the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the ACT and Martirano has also celebrated Mineral County’s 97 percent graduation...


State superintendent lauds Mineral County's high graduation rate
By Amanda Mangan, WV MetroNews

KEYSER, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he’ll share what’s been successful with the graduation rate in Mineral County with other counties.

“I’ll be sharing the best practices with other counties and making certain that they are rising to that level,” Martirano said after a visit to Keyser this week.

Mineral County leads the...


Despite dissent, Fayette BOE passes resolution to support facilities plan
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

FAYETTEVILLE — In a room tense with exasperated sighs, whispers and head shaking, the Fayette County Board of Education voted Monday to pass a resolution to support proposed changes to the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

The resolution stated, "The Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan amendment submitted to both the State Board of...


White House honors West Virginia educator
By Laura Haight, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Teaching science was not in Maureen Miller’s original plan, but after she lost her job as an exercise physiologist when the company closed, she decided to make a career change.

To combine her love of science and children, Miller went back to college and now teaches science at Hurricane Middle School.

The White House recognized Miller’s passion and commitment to...