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SBA board approves 15 of 18 county requests
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Out of the 18 county public school systems that requested money in this year’s state School Building Authority “needs” grant funding cycle, only Cabell, Ohio and Wood didn’t get any funding.

The 18 school systems had asked for a combined roughly $94.7 million in this year’s funding cycle, though Fayette County said it was open to receiving funding over two years if not...


First projects in Fayette consolidation plan funded
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state School Building Authority’s board voted Monday to provide $22.6 million for the first two major projects of Fayette County’s possibly decade-long school consolidation plan: building a new Collins Middle for that school’s displaced students and a new prekindergarten-through second-grade school in the Oak Hill area.

The SBA board’s vote puts it and the...


Bobbi Nicholson: The problem with school vouchers, besides their segregationist roots, effects

Let’s be clear: Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has never been a teacher or a principal or a superintendent. She’s never run a school or a school district, and if she has any experience with higher education other than having been a student, there’s no record of it.

She did not herself attend either a public school or a public...


Brad Simmons: New A-F grading system fails (Daily Mail)

For years, public schools in West Virginia have been measured objectively and completely by the state Board of Education’s Office of Education Performance Audits.

Audit staff and personnel from peer schools visit and comprehensively evaluate each public school on a four-year schedule. The audit evaluates the school, administration, teachers and support staff on seven comprehensive standards and determines...


Audit recommends shifting authority of RESAs to state 
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A newly publicized legislative audit recommends taking away “all autonomy and independence” from West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies — the multi-county organizations that are supposed to aid county public school systems — and transferring the agencies’ power and employees to the state Department of Education.

Officials from RESAs, which help...