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Public schools: Don't undermine
Charleston Gazette editorial (

The 2017 Legislature met for organizing purposes last week, then recessed for a month until it officially starts on Feb. 8.

Under strong Republican control, it's likely to pursue a conservative agenda with heavy impact on West Virginia -- as it did last year. Among various right-wing goals, here's one that should...


Boone schools may cut positions as grievances, suits continue
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County Schools’ superintendent tentatively plans to recommend the Boone school board eliminate 40 to 45 positions for next school year, but cutting that many will be difficult now that board members have rejected his proposed school closures.

That’s according to Amy Willard, executive director of the state Office of School Finance. Boone...


Justice takes aim at education bureaucracy in inaugural address
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In his inaugural address Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced a plan to cut bureaucracy in education, which he said has grown tremendously in spite of declining enrollment rates.

“In 1980, we had 130 bureaucrats looking over 500,000 students,” Justice said. “Today, we have half as many students and ten times as many bureaucrats looking over them...


State board President Mike Green hopeful about test changes
BY Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With public comment now open, the West Virginia Board of Education is hearing from West Virginians about a proposal to replace the Smarter Balanced assessments with better end-of-course exams that are connected to students’ final grades.

The Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to the Common Core standards for English and Math. Public school...


Gayle Manchin picked for Education and the Arts post
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

Gayle Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, has been appointed West Virginia’s Secretary of Education and the Arts, according to an announcement by Governor-elect Jim Justice’s transition team.

Gayle Manchin previously served on the state West Virginia Board of Education from 2007 to 2015, serving as president starting in 2013.

She was West Virginia’s first lady...