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WV Supreme Court upholds state's denial of Nicholas consolidation
by Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the state Board of Education had the right to reject the Nicholas County Board of Education’s plan to consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a single campus near Summersville.

“The West Virginia Board of Education is entitled to utilize its discretion in approving or rejecting...


Kanawha plans to offer statewide online school program
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s public schools superintendent revealed Monday that his school system plans to partner with the state Department of Education to offer an online school option statewide, and the Kanawha Board of Education unanimously approved a job description for a planned new executive director to run the program.

Superintendent Ron Duerring said the state...


3 WV elementaries named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Three West Virginia elementary schools are among the 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017, the U.S. Education Department announced Thursday.

Brooke County's Colliers Primary, Hampshire County's Slanesville Elementary and Taylor County's Flemington Elementary each won the award in the Exemplary High Performing Schools...


WV has highest rate of student loan defaults
By Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Rebekah Hollers, 36, of Charleston, is one of thousands of West Virginians who have defaulted on their student loans. After struggling to make her monthly payments, Hollers finally pulled herself out of default.To have enough money to pay rent and buy food as a college student, Rebekah Hollers worked overnight at Kroger. She would sleep whenever she could find time between work...


Should PEIA be privatized in West Virginia like workers comp?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

 Should the Public Employees Insurance Agency be privatized the way the workers compensation system was a decade ago?

Maybe, said Greg Burton, chief executive officer of BrickStreet Insurance and the guy who led the state Workers Compensation Commission years ago.

“Whether or not it correlates with PEIA...