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State is No. 3 in bullying problems
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

In spite of its relatively high ranking for both anti-bullying policies and laws, West Virginia is ranked third overall in bullying problems, according to a WalletHub survey by Richie Bernardo. 

West Virginia's total score was 58.93, just behind Michigan at 60.18 and Louisiana at 59.34. The Mountain State was ranked 6th for bullying prevalence, 20th for bullying impact and...


Justice wins Kessler endorsement for governor
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jim Justice has the support of one of the two men he defeated in the Democratic primary for governor; the other is holding off.

State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, who came in third in the May primary, endorsed Justice this week, saying that he wished Justice was “a little more progressive” but that he would be a necessary check should the Legislature remain...


Parents criticize early start date in Kanawha County
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County has been back at school for over a week in hot, humid temperatures, and many parents aren’t happy about such an early start time.

Several parents spoke at Wednesday night’s Kanawha School Board meeting after some schools had been sent home early due to the heat and faulty air conditioning in the past week.

The consensus among them...


Commentary: More questionable spending in Logan County Schools
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

More questionable purchases by the Logan County Board of Education from last year have surfaced.

Last week I wrote that Logan County School Board President Paul Hardesty, who just took office last month, confirmed a report in the Logan Banner newspaper that the school system’s purchasing card was used last year to buy $4,800 worth of wedding supplies.



WVEA president: Replace Smarter Balanced Assessment with ACT

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

The president of the West Virginia Education Association sees data indicating that many Mountain State students did not use all of the allotted time for this year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment testing as another reason to ditch it completely.

“My guess would be that it’s not important (to students) and they’re not giving their best effort on it,” said Dale Lee...