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Common Core town halls to start Tuesday
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia school officials this week will conduct the first of seven regional town hall meetings as part of their ongoing review of the state Department of Education’s embattled math and English standards.

The series of town hall meetings will start Tuesday in Morgantown at West Virginia University’s Mountainlair student union.

The standards have...


Dale Lee: Unions not opposed to innovation
(For the Charleston Gazette-Mail/Daily Mail editorial page)
Unfortunately the Daily Mail editorial page has misrepresented the positions of the West Virginia Education Association and its members with a flawed commentary.

The Daily Mail editorial from Aug. 18, titled “Shortage of teachers should be a top priority,” would have you believe the WVEA favors seniority at the expense of quality and opposes...


Barbour County teacher describes hostage incident in her classroom
By Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.

“I knew if I lost my composure, this is going to end badly,” Smith told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “He told me I was going to die today and I believed that.”



ACT test-takers improve in English, struggle in math, science in W.Va.
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — High school graduates in West Virginia are improving their English and reading skills, but are still struggling in math and science, according to the 2015 ACT scores released Wednesday.

The state’s composite score increased from 20.6 in 2014 to 20.8 this year. The national score stayed at 21.0.

The average English score in...


Charleston West Side leaders target student tardiness
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Students at West Side Mary C. Snow Elementary were tardy more than 5,000 times last year, education officials said Thursday during a meeting with an advisory board tasked with helping the area’s struggling schools overcome chronic absenteeism and poor achievement.

The group, made up of schools officials and black leaders, met Thursday to address growing...