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April-24-2019

By WV MetroNews

RIPLEY, W.Va. — Dozens of people took part in a forum Tuesday at Ripley High School regarding possible education policy efforts for this year’s related special legislative session.

The event featured four group discussions on possible legislative approaches, similar to how the state Department of Education organized its forums held across the state in March and April.

Teachers, administrators and lawmakers took part in the event, which...

April-23-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Education has streamlined its school safety notebook.

The notebook has been replaced with an online reporting toolkit, Department of Education Coordinator of the Division of Leader System Support Stephanie Hayes recently told members of the state Board of Education.

“There are different...

April-19-2019

Census shows some growth in WV, but state's population is shrinking
By Travis Crum The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — While there is growth in counties that border another state, most of West Virginia is shrinking.

According to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, 50 of West Virginia’s 55 counties lost population between 2017 and 2018.

Among them are Kanawha and Cabell counties, which rank among those...

April-18-2019

By WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Schools in 14 West Virginia counties will receive federal funding from the Secure Rural Schools program.

The more than $1.7 million total comes after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned a U.S. Department of Agriculture official during a hearing last week about the lapse in funding.

“While it’s unacceptable the payments have lapsed this long, I am relieved the Forest Service has responded to my continued urging...

April-18-2019

By Tyler Barker, WOAY TV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K Program once again ranks among the top in the nation, according to the 2018 Yearbook released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER recognizes West Virginia as a leader in pre-K access for 4-year-olds and quality standards.

The State of Preschool Yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding...

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