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Rep. McKinley desires more local control in education
By Alex Wiederspiel, MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill by a 218-213 vote last Wednesday that reauthorizes No Child Left Behind, but could threaten the standards known as Common Core.

This is the first reauthorization of No Child Left Behind since 2007.

Republican David McKinley (WV-1) was one of the 218 members of the House to vote for that...


Proposed teacher insurance plan a ‘union-buster’ and out of touch
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

A request that the West Virginia Board of Education consider backing a state-funded teacher liability insurance plan, while termed a measure of good will by one school board member, has labor union officials once again saying lawmakers are out of touch with educators.

Proposed last week by school board member Wade Linger, the plan would extend...


W.Va. Schools Ponder Math Classes
By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Educators across West Virginia are adding up whether new standards for high school mathematics under Common Core are effective, or if a new sequence for the curriculum is needed in the equation.

Currently high schools offer Math 1, 2 and 3 classes that integrate the concepts previously taught in algebra, geometry and trigonometry classes...


New state BOE president says school doors are not limits for learning
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Students no longer have to physically be in school to learn and Mike Green, the new president of the West Virginia Board of Education, said school systems must continually adapt to the new education reality, now 24/7, to improve student achievement.

“Our children have the ability, because of what we have in technology — because they have iPads and...


Gayle Manchin: back to square one for Fayette County Schools after bond failure
By Matt Maccaro , MetroNews

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. — After a $39 million bond referendum to renovate Fayette County Schools was soundly defeated last month, state Board of Education member Gayle Manchin recently weighed-in on what the next step is for the school system.

If the bond had passed, it would have been used to build a new elementary school in Mount Hope, a new middle...