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Additional monitoring recommended for Logan, Wayne County schools
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

The state’s education audits department is recommending additional oversight of two school districts after on-site reviews found various policy violations that “impede a thorough and efficient system of schools.”

The agency, a division of the West Virginia Department of Education that conducts on-site reviews of schools in every county, visited...


PEIA pushes harder on wellness
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

The health insurance program for West Virginia’s public employees is a necessary but expensive proposition. The Public Employees Insurance Agency projects expenses of over $1 billion annually for its nearly 220,000 members.

PEIA is continually trying to find ways to hold down costs, and thus keep premiums for the state and local government employees and the employer (...


Martirano to begin public review of Common Core standards
By Erin Timony, The State Journal

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano will begin a public review of the Next Generation Content Standards in English Language Arts and math,...


Amended science standards called ‘progress’
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer   
Some groups that denounced now-rejected changes to West Virginia’s upcoming K-12 science standards regarding global warming are disappointed in new modifications but view them as less harmful than the previous version.

“It still represents progress, as far as we’re concerned,” said Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that...


State board correct to uphold 180-day standard for schools
Herald Dispatch editorial

Last month, members of the West Virginia Board of Education sent out the signal that it would consider letting county school systems off the hook for meeting the state's requirement of conducting classes 180 days during the school year.

That signal - made by the board's approval on March 11 of a process for counties to request a waiver from the requirement - was the wrong...