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Martirano releases information about testing commission
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a reversal, West Virginia’s state schools superintendent has publicly released the names of members of his new advisory commission on statewide standardized testing and the time and location of its next meeting.

“We appreciate the input we have received from the public and media concerning the desire for a public process and have reconsidered our decision...


Espinosa to head House Education Committee
By Charleston Gazette-Mail staff reports

Delegate Paul Espinosa will be the next House Education Committee chairman, a post Delegate Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia, vacated in December.

Espinosa currently is a member of the House Education Committee. He also is an assistant majority whip and vice-chairman of the House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee.

In a statement...


Ohio County supt., whose contract was not renewed, speaks out

WHEELING, W.Va - It's the first time we've seen her, since the Ohio County Board of Education voted not to renew her contract.  

It wasn't a typical question-and-answer format. In fact, Dr. Dianna Vargo did not take questions, but she gave a prepared statement.

She started by thanking the dedicated teachers, administrators, service personnel and staff with whom she had been...


Today's the deadline to nominate teachers for Arch Coal awards
By WV MetroNews Staff

Today (Monday, Jan. 4) is the deadline to nominate teachers for the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards.

“Individuals have until Jan. 4, 2016, to nominate a worthy teacher for one of 10 awards, which will be presented early next spring,” said Russ Lorince, Arch Coal vice president of external affairs, eastern region. “It is easy to nominate online at archteacherawards....


Daniel Hall to resign from Senate, creating 'unique situation'
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State Sen. Daniel Hall, whose party switch days after last year’s elections shifted the Senate to Republican control, is resigning to become a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, leaving some doubt about which party will control the West Virginia Senate.

Hall, of Wyoming County, was elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 2012, but he...