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February-14-2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

Two West Virginia Education Association members and educators were recognized by the state Board of Education Wednesday after each received a national math and science teaching award.

Barbara "Tootie" Black, the teaching principal at Hometown Elementary in Red House, and Gabrielle Rhodes, a teacher at Union Elementary School in Buckhannon, received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching late last year.

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February-14-2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill to give pay raises to public school teachers and school service personnel advanced Thursday out of the Senate Education Committee -- with a change intended to give more bang for the buck to newer teachers.

The new version of the bill (SB391) would provide an across-the-board $1,000 raise -- instead of giving a 2 percent pay raise to teachers, as Tomblin proposed.

Senate...

February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education is in the preliminary phases of determining what aspects of student achievement will be considered when the state makes the switch to an A-F labeling system for schools in the fall.

The state will swap its old five-category accountability system -- which the state Department of Education unveiled in May when it received a No Child Left Behind waiver -- to move to what...

February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Wednesday to hire its first-ever full-time attorney, whose job will be specifically to tend to the board's needs -- not the Department of Education as a whole.

The state Department of Education already employs two full-time attorneys: Heather Hutchens-Deskins, who makes more than $100,200, and Sherri Goodman, who makes more than $85,000.

Charleston-based...

February-13-2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS

Dunbar, W.Va. -- Some industry estimates say there are up to 600,000 jobs vacant across the country, because there aren't workers with the right skill sets to fill those positions: from manufacturing to technical trades.

So this year, 26 schools across West Virginia launched a brand new program called the "simulated workplace." It's not exactly an ordinary way of learning -- but it's a method that students and teachers are confident will help prepare...

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