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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...


Fayette County gets most of its school system back from state control
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education voted Thursday to return the Fayette County school system to local control with the exception of facilities and finances related to facilities.

The state board seized control of the system in 2010 after a performance audit showed numerous problems with personnel, policies and maintenance. Many  things since...


New movie shines proud light on WV State University
Chris Lawrence, WV metronews

“This is not a movie about race,” said West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins of the new film Hidden Figures. “This is a movie about coming together for a common good.”

Jenkins was one of a handful of West Virginia State officials, alumni, and students who were treated to a pre-screening of the picture ahead of its national release last weekend. The reason...