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State BOE to discuss superintendent search in the new year
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education plans to discuss the search for a new state school superintendent in the New Year.

Mike Green, president of the state school board, told MetroNews the board will meet soon to discuss those plans following the resignation of current Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

“We’ll surely be meeting over the...


Justice meets with transition committees in Charleston
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jim Justice met with seven private committees made up of a long list of hand-picked transition advisers Thursday, as the governor-elect continues to plan his incoming administration.

Justice previously had appointed the more than 280 people to policy groups covering education, infrastructure, tourism, health care, economic development, energy and the...


Chuck Todd, host of ‘Meet the Press,’ comes to W.Va. to meet the voters
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

The host of “Meet the Press” says political reporters talked a lot about the candidates during the past presidential election, but they didn’t do enough to meet the voters.

So Chuck Todd came to Charleston.

He and a crew were at Black Sheep Burrito on Wednesday afternoon, talking to West Virginia voters and to Senators Shelley Moore Capito and...


Gilmer freed from state takeover if it agrees to stipulations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gilmer County’s public school system can be freed from a half-decade of state takeover if its locally elected school board members agree to keep their state-appointed superintendent — who opposed returning local control and with whom local board members have fought — through June 30.

The West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday to offer the...


Vouchers Dubious plan
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

Conservatives who control the Legislature are pondering school vouchers — a strategy designed partly to funnel tax money to churches or segregated schools.

This effort is intensified by incoming President Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos — a longtime foe of public schools — to be his education secretary.

Marshall University professor Bobbi Nicholson explained in a Gazette-Mail...