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State schools chief reorganizes administration
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter Charleston Daily Mail

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano has changed the organizational structure of his cabinet by reclassifying the titles of his senior administrators and hiring a new liaison to the Legislature. He also plans to hire a chief of staff.

The changes were outlined Thursday for Senate Education Committee members, who asked Martirano and...


New state school board members undecided on science standards, Common Core
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s new appointments to the West Virginia Board of Education say they haven’t made up their minds about new learning standards that have recently seen local and national controversy.

Tomblin appointed James S. Wilson, 72, and Beverly E. Kingery, 61, to the board Wednesday, filling all 12 seats for the first time...


Is Coal Money Challenging Climate Science In Secondary Schools?
Ken Silverstein,

Not to be deterred, President Obama came out swinging during his State of the Union address, saying that “no challenge” is more daunting than that of climate change. Opponents, though, are bucking that view at all political levels — including the school curriculums that could eventually be offered to students.

West Virginia, for example, is now debating just how it...


Legislation would raise dropout age to 18
By Ben Fields, Huntington Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON — West Virginia high school dropout rates are getting lower, but the state still exceeds the national average, prompting legislation to raise the compulsory attendance age for the second time in the past four years.

In 2011, the age before a student could drop out was raised from 16 to 17.

House Bill 2123 would raise the compulsory attendance age to 18....


State making its way to better days, state revenue secretary says

CHARLESTON — In spite of budget cuts and using Rainy Day Funds, Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss said Wednesday that the state is heading toward better days.
“Two years down the road we are anticipating a surplus,” Kiss said. “We are getting there.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s budget lacks $151 million between revenues and expenditures, numbers he...