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Q and A: What will Obama's new testing plan mean for students, teachers?
By PBS Newshour

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: President Obama and the federal Department of Education are calling on states to cut back on standardized tests in schools. U.S. school kids from pre-K through 12th grade, on average, take eight standardized tests every year. That’s almost one test a month during the school year.

In a Facebook video yesterday, the president said teachers have told...


Obama administration calls for limits on testing in schools
By Kate Zernike, The New York Times

Faced with mounting and bipartisan opposition to increased and often high-stakes testing in the nation’s public schools, the Obama administration declared Saturday that the push had gone too far, acknowledged its own role in the proliferation of tests, and urged schools to step back and make exams less onerous and more purposeful.

Specifically, the...


School design, construction doing more with less
By Ann Ali, Managing Editor, The State Journal

In the face of sweeping budget cuts, rising construction costs and increasing calls for technological upgrades and safety measures along with environmentally friendly designs, the School Building Authority continues to navigate the treacherous waters of school design and construction.

At Williamson Shriver Architects Inc., Ted Shriver said budgets have already...


Brooke County school nurses take action to counteract overdoses
By Kristine Varkony,

WELLSBURG, W.Va. - Brooke County has had 23 overdoses deaths between 2001 and 2014. That's the highest in the Northern Panhandle, and those high numbers are what is prompting Brooke County schools to do something previously unheard of in West Virginia: start stocking Naloxone, also known by its name brand Narcan, in case of a student overdose.
A waiver...


Fayette commission, parents file suit against the SBA
By Sarah Plummer, (Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

A lawsuit has been filed against the School Building Authority of West Virginia by Mountain State Justice Inc. on behalf of the Fayette County Commission and individual plaintiffs Shawna Sparks, Geoffrey Heeter and Fayette County Commissioner Matthew Wender.

The suit was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

In a written statement Tuesday,...