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Nicholas County lost more than one-fourth of students since '90
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

SUMMERSVILLE — Nicholas County Schools’ superintendent didn’t recommend Wednesday evening whether the local school board should consolidate two Richwood schools with Summersville Middle, as some in Richwood fear.
“We’re not there yet,” Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick said.

She said she’ll continue to collect and provide more data to the...


Counties to lose varying amounts to deal with budget cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s latest mid-year budget cut means Kanawha County’s public school system is slated to lose roughly $1.1 million.

That’s according to the West Virginia Department of Education’s response to the state Budget Office regarding how it would disburse Tomblin’s $11.1 million ordered cut among the 55 county public school systems.



Congratulations, West Virginia. You have joined the 17 states that label schools with an A-F grade.
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

What have we learned?

Surprise, surprise, the grades track reliably with area household income and everything that comes with it — greater stability at home, opportunity, better health, security.

The F school we know best is Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston.

Families served by that...


Trump picks Betsy DeVos for education secretary post
Chad Livengood, Jonathan Oosting and Michael Gerstein, Detroit News

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation’s education policy.

Lansing — President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint West Michigan GOP mega...


Daily Mail editorial: What grade to give the WV public school grading system?

On the surface, it would make sense to grade West Virginia’s public schools on an A through F system. After all, isn’t that how students are measured?

Yet, it is much more complicated to tell how well a school — that collective organization of students, teachers, administrators, staff and community — is performing.

For instance, in Kanawha County, Mary C. Snow West Side...