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Michael Martirano: Project serves to review standards

On July 8, the West Virginia Department of Education, in conjunction with West Virginia University and the West Virginia Board of Education, launched Academic Spotlight, a community evaluation of the West Virginia Next Generation Standards.

I believe that this evaluation is the most important educational work in our state right now.

The standards we are asking the community to provide feedback on are...


WV Board of Education is Seeking Feedback on School Policies
By Bethany Butler, WBOY-TV

The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking feedback on school policies. The policies have been placed on a 30-day public comment period by the state board. The WVBE would like to receive feedback on the policies from parents, students, and teachers.

Policy 5100: Educational Personnel Preparation Programs establishes collaborative program review processes to ensure...


State school board president: ‘We have to value education more’
By Carrie Hodousek, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Amd debates about West Virginia schools playing catch-up during June in order to meet the 180-day requirement, State School Board president Gayle Manchin says parents, teachers and children should value education more.

[“Instead of saying ‘What about 180?’ why aren’t we saying ‘Why isn’t there 200? Or 210?’ (days),” Manchin told MetroNews “...


U.S. Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind
By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The Senate today begins debate on a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, which set national education standards but quickly became unpopular with teachers and parents because of its emphasis on standardized testing.

The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when...


West Virginia Head Start programs share federal funding
The Associated Press

Seven Head Start or Early Head Start programs across West Virginia are sharing more than $17 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the Department of Health and Human Services funding on Thursday. The programs provide health, nutrition, education and social services to West Virginia families and children.

The grants range from...