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State unveils A-F grades for schools
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

After delays that officials attributed to standardized test and federal school accountability changes, the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday finally fully answered Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s request in his January 2014 State of the State address for it to establish an A-F grading system for entire schools.

The state school board’s vote to approve the school ratings was 7...


West Virginia schools get A to F grades starting today
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s public schools start getting graded A-F today.

The new grading system made its debut during a state school board meeting, although it has been in development for months. Parents and community members can see an explanation and schools’ report cards at

Most of West...


Tomblin announces 2 percent budget cut for W.Va. government agencies
By MetroNews Staff

There will be an across-the-board mid-year budget cut of 2 percent for most state government agencies, according to a Tuesday announcement made by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

The governor said the reduction is due to the state’s General Revenue Fund falling behind by more than $87 million since July.

The cuts will include a nearly $11 million reduction to the...


School closures, constructions planned; A-F grades coming next week
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday approved new plans involving school closures and constructions in Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Wood counties, and state education officials said the delayed A-F grades for entire schools should be approved and publicly released next week.

The new grades, largely based on students’ annual end-of-...


Majority of WV public college grads leave state for work
Jake Jarvis, WV Gazette-Mail

The majority of students who graduated from West Virginia’s public colleges between 2003 and 2013 didn’t go on to work in the state, a new report from West Virginia University finds

.About two-thirds of the students who are from West Virginia wound up working in the state, and only about 10 percent of the out-of-state students did, according to the report.

For the...