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W.Va. school board denies all make-up-day forgiveness requests
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette 
The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness, meaning they’ll have to further extend their last days of school to meet the new requirement this year for 180 separate instructional days.

Many districts missed relatively high numbers of days this...


State Board of Education says ‘no’ to waivers for missed school days

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously decided to reject all waiver requests from county school systems trying to get to the required 180 school instructional days following a tough winter.

 Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students in all 55 county school systems in West Virginia will have to complete 180 days of school before their summer...


State Board of Education takes up winter weather waivers Wednesday
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Board of Education will take up waiver requests Wednesday from 27 county school systems seeking exemptions from a provision requiring 180 days of classroom instruction.

While the decisions are up to BOE members, the state superintendent of schools is not a fan of the option.

“I’m a firm believer that we need to...


Alternative teacher certification law to take effect in June
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV Metronews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The chair of the House Education Committee has a goal of possibly filling 100 teaching vacancies in West Virginia through the alternative teacher certification methods that will soon be permitted under state law.

House Education Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51)

Delegate Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51) said student success...


Unions say certification bill doesn’t answer issue of competitive pay for teachers
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter  
While Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s signing of the alternative teacher certification bill last week has been lauded for providing a way to fill classroom vacancies, union representatives say it doesn’t address the real issue of teachers leaving West Virginia for higher-paying jobs in neighboring states.

“Until we start addressing...