West Virginia


153 articles

Charter school hearing splits interest groups
Jan 29, 7:02 AM: Business interests and union groups fell on opposite sides of a debate Wednesday over whether to allow public charter schools in West Virginia.
W.Va. Legislature dives into charter schools debate
Jan 28, 5:25 AM: The now-Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is considering allowing charter schools in the state, but teachers’ unions are criticizing the effort and questioning the need.
Bills aim to give county school boards more flexibility
Jan 26, 7:44 AM: The House Education Committee will soon take up legislation chairwoman Amanda Pasdon says could change the course of education in West Virginia.
State school superintendent pushes plan to success
Oct 9, 5:19 AM: New state Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano laid out a six-step plan Wednesday on how he intends to move forward over the next few months. It was Martirano’s first meeting since he began the job in >
W.Va. school reform ‘stars aligned’: Plan puts RESAs in charge of management, money
Sep 12, 5:40 AM: The West Virginia Board of Education is considering major reform for the state’s school system, which would change the way local school districts operate.
State education board eyeing Hancock ‘Cyber Academy’ online curriculum
Sep 11, 6:51 AM: The West Virginia Board of Education is closely monitoring online courses being offered to students in Hancock County with hopes it can replicate the program statewide if it becomes successful.
Program linked to better performance in schools
Aug 25, 5:26 AM: The relationships between teachers and students were forged through LINKS — Learning, Individualized Needs, Knowledge and Skills, a student advisement model based on educational research and standards. A key part of the >
Editorial: Teacher turnover not always bad for schools
Jul 23, 7:42 AM:

Teacher turnover in the public school system costs the state of West Virginia between $5 million and $10.6 million per year, according to report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. 

Could state take over West Side schools?
Jul 17, 6:32 AM:

WV school board pushes to improve struggling school by designating it as a new school district. Presents narrow perspective and lacks data on district's struggles.

Teachers, officials working on online program in Hancock County
Jul 10, 7:51 AM: If you want online schooling, there is really only one county out of the 55 in West Virginia that will offer it this coming school year.
W.Va. governor introduces new state schools superintendent
Jul 9, 7:10 AM: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Board of Education President Gayle Manchin formally introduced new state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano to the public in a ceremony Tuesday at the West Virginia Capitol. >
Cyber Academy will be a first for West Virginia
Jun 16, 6:29 AM:

Starting this fall, Hancock County students will be able to take online courses through their own school district.

Hancock County eyes state’s first online school
Jun 10, 7:41 AM:

Hancock County, WV agreed to grant funding to online school, signs point to helping increase graduation rate.  Summarizes rest of school board meeting thoroughly but offers little analysis.

Teachers unions outraged after Tomblin vetoes planning period bill
Apr 3, 7:16 AM: Officials from West Virginia’s teachers unions are outraged after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have given teachers more control over how they spend their planning periods.
Editorial: Don’t further tie hands of school principals
Mar 17, 5:45 AM: It's been covered so many times before. The report completed in January 2012 by Public Works LLC after its comprehensive audit of West Virginia's education system put it bluntly: "West Virginia has one of the most highly >
Teacher pay still a factor
Mar 13, 6:39 AM: In Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address in January he said he would work to make starting teachers' salaries more competitive with neighboring states. He proposed a 2 percent pay raise for all teachers and >
Online learning system could end school snow days
Mar 5, 7:28 AM:
A digital learning initiative in WV is fighting snow days by treating learning as a 24/7 undertaking.  The online system may be difficult for the rural and poor state.
State names new school innovation zones
Nov 15, 6:37 AM:

In a state effort to improve learning and achievement, the WV state Board of Education has implemented a waiver to state policies and grant money if districts are labeled as "innovation zones".  These zones will provide >

High school graduates could save state money
Sep 16, 5:51 AM:

According to a new study, WV could save $100 million in crime-related costs if it raised the graduation rate by 5%.  Being a dropout does not necessarily mean you will commit crimes, but sociologically the trends tie >

Board updated on education reform
Aug 15, 9:40 AM:

The state Board of Ed congratulates teachers who continue to raise achievement despite high poverty rates, and sticks to their goal of having all students read on grade level by the third grade.  West Virginia is finding >



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  • Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Online 100%
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  • Wheeling News-Register - Online 8%
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