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Proposed social studies requirement reductions in WV criticized
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer

State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine told the West Virginia Board of Education this week that “interestingly, there’s strong sentiment not to reduce a social studies credit, very strong.”

He was talking about feedback received so far on the state school board’s proposed changes to a rule known as Policy 2510. The proposed changes include reducing, from four to...


WV state school board approves closing three Brooke schools
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

HUNTINGTON — The West Virginia Board of Education approved Tuesday closing three of Brooke County’s seven public elementary schools.

The state school board, meeting at Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center, also heard that the state’s four-year high school graduation rate for last school year was 89.4 percent, about the same as the prior school year...


PEIA hosts final hearing regarding benefit changes in Charleston
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Around 80 people attended a public hearing Wednesday at the University of Charleston to criticize proposed changes to health insurance benefits hosted by the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

The PEIA Finance Board listened to multiple public speakers, all of whom voiced opposition to the 2018-2018 benefits plan. The proposal includes a two-percent...


SBA faces $105M in school construction requests, has $51M to distribute
By Ryan Quinn. Charleston Gazette-Mail

State School Building Authority board members meet Monday in Charleston, hearing presentations from county public school systems on their funding requests for construction and renovation.

State School Building Authority Finance Director Garry Stewart expects the SBA to have about $51 million to distribute to public school construction and...


WV backs off exemption from basic teacher skills test
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education has backed off from a proposal to exempt education bachelor’s degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass the basic knowledge test to become public school teachers.

The state school board proposed the exemption in September when it put that and other suggested changes to its Policy 5202 out for...