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December-10-2014

By Joel Ebert 
The Charleston Daily Mail

Attempts to repeal Common Core once Republicans take control of the state Legislature could be detrimental to the state, say several departing Democratic lawmakers.

“Republicans want to dismantle what is in place and that will truly set West Virginia students back,” said state Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha. Wells served as vice-chairman of the education committee during the 2014 session but was defeated by Republican Ed Gaunch on Nov...

December-08-2014

By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer 

More West Virginia students failed to hit proficiency marks in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Westest standardized test scores published Friday — several months after the results are normally released.

Fifty-eight percent of students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 failed to show proficiency in math — an increase from 55 percent in the 2012-13 school year and the highest the failure rate has been since the 2009-10 school year, when 58...

December-05-2014

By WVEA Staff

Sixty-nine West Virginia teachers received National Board Certification for the first time in 2013-2014. Sixteen of them are members of the West Virginia Education Association.

Across the country, more than 4,000 teachers achieved National Board Certification in 2013-2014 through a performance-based, peer-review process.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-governmental organization. Its...

December-05-2014

By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

State and public school employees and retirees in West Virginia will pay about $40 million more for health care next year, after the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board approved a series of benefit cuts Thursday — primarily involving higher co-pays and deductibles.

After approving the cuts, effective July 1, 2015, board members voted to send a letter to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and all members of the Legislature urging them...

December-04-2014

By Ryan Quinn  
The Charleston Gazette  

Members of a state school board commission considered Wednesday altering the map of Regional Education Service Agencies, but got held up on something people have been asking for years — what are RESAs supposed to do?

The Commission on School District Governance and Administration eventually decided to recommend that the state school board, at its meeting this month, delay altering RESAs’ roles and stick with the current map of...

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