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MSU settlement checks going out next week

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Checks will go out sometime next week to the about 2,000 former Mountain State University students who are due payment as part of a more than $18.5 million settlement with the now-closed school.

That’s acco...

Study: Black students disproportionately punished in WV schools

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A new report says that while blacks made up only 5 percent of students in West Virginia K-12 public schools in the 2011-12 academic year, they represented 11 percent of students who received out-of-school suspensions and...

Former Winfield planning commissioner’s lawsuit against city, mayor dismissed

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A judge has thrown out a former Winfield Planning Commission member’s lawsuit against the city and its mayor, who the commissioner said wrongfully removed him from the board and slandered him at a public meeting. ...

State school board hires new superintendent for deaf, blind schools

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted Friday to hire a new superintendent for the state Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

State education officials said evidence suggests Martin Keller Jr., who will begin l...

Public Employees Day Care, Elk Center Day Care raise rates

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The Kanawha County school district’s two remaining day care centers are planning to raise rates by $15 per student, per week starting Sept. 8, the district’s executive director of elementary educatio...

Putnam expanding student leadership program

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For the first seven weeks of school, which starts Thursday in Putnam County, Principal Debbie Shrewsbury said her students at Poca Middle will focus on one good habit per week.

Be proactive. Begin with the end in ...

Marshall lowers cost to pursue college credits in high school

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Marshall University has slashed the cost of the college credit courses it’s offering in high schools in Putnam, Cabell and several other counties this school year to less than a third of the former rate.

Dav...

State has 3rd highest default rate for federal student loans

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Presidential contenders’ increasing talk of alleviating the massive U.S. college student debt burden has outsize implications for West Virginia – which has, according to the latest federal data, the country...

Department of Education requesting $5.4 million for education improvements, bus safety

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The West Virginia Department of Education is requesting an additional roughly $5.4 million in state money next school year to — among other proposals — increase graduation rates, cut the cost of Advanced Pl...

Majority of W.Va. students miss mark on new Common-Core aligned test

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Of West Virginia students in elementary, middle and high schools, only fifth graders tested proficient in either math or English/language arts on the state’s new Common Core-aligned standardized test last school y...

Coca-Cola funded health research by dean of WVU’s School of Public Health

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The now-dean of West Virginia University’s School of Public Health says Coca-Cola funded diet and exercise research that he helped lead and also paid for the creation of a health nonprofit of which he’s a &...

W.Va. to reveal new Common Core-based test scores this week

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West Virginia plans to publicly reveal this week the first results on its new elementary, middle and high school standardized test, which replaced the decade-old Westest in the spring and seeks to gauge whether students ...

Test could exempt W.Va. students from remedial college courses

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission furthered policy changes Friday that would allow high school graduates to escape remedial classes in college if they score high enough on the state’s new Common...

WV community college system to restart chancellor search

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The council overseeing the West Virginia Community and Technical College System decided Wednesday to reassess its search for a new system leader after it deemed its single finalist unfit for the posi...

Judge reprimands attorney in Marple’s case against school board

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A judge Tuesday reprimanded an attorney representing ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple in her case against the West Virginia Board of Education, after the lawyer last month used profanity and called the bo...

Three counties to test out school bus arm extensions

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Following alarming reports of the number of West Virginia drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses, three districts are testing out adding to their existing bus stop signs 6-foot-long extensions that fold out into...

Kanawha school board considering revising anti-nepotism policy

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The Kanawha County school board on Monday placed out on public comment a proposal to widen the scope of its anti-nepotism policy to affect more than just employees’ immediate family members.

Despite the fac...

Ruling on teacher pay in Monongalia could have statewide implications

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The Monongalia County school district and its superintendent are appealing to the state Supreme Court a judge’s ruling that they skirted teacher hiring laws by paying a Regional Education Service Agency to employ ...

Marple attorneys, WV school board attorneys feud over costs

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A judge earlier this month refused to order attorneys representing the West Virginia Board of Education and individual board member Wade Linger to stop saying ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple’s law...

Campaign aims to double low-income students’ reading proficiency rates

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Of the 60 percent of West Virginia students who come from low-income backgrounds, only a third can read proficiently by the end of third grade.

That’s according to Charlotte Webb, coordinator of elementary ...

Calhoun County Schools faces hard road back from deficit

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The West Virginia Department of Education expects only one of the state’s 55 county school systems to end last fiscal year with a deficit, but that one is far into the red and embroiled in employee grievance filin...

Eastern community college employees allege retaliation

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Two Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College employees, including the dean of academic and student services, are accusing the school and its president of retaliating against them for testifying on behalf of ...

Kanawha library board approves compensation study

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After approving pay raises in December, the Kanawha County Public Library’s Board of Directors is now studying whether it needs to make further compensation changes.

In a voice vote Monday with no nays hear...

Kanawha school board against renaming Stonewall Middle School

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County school board members aren’t expressing much support for renaming a Charleston school that’s dubbed after a Confederate general, is located on a former plantation &#...

Softball coach, Kanawha school board sued for alleged sexual harassment

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A former John Adams Middle School softball player and her father are suing her former coach and the Kanawha County school board, alleging the coach sexually harassed her in 2012 and then intimidated her after she complai...

State school board passes on year-round coaching vote

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West Virginia Board of Education members decided Thursday not to vote on a proposal to allow year-round coaching by certified middle and high school coaches.

The board unanimously approved other proposals the West ...

School board names new officers; White cries foul

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The West Virginia Board of Education Thursday elected new officers, but the only board member to vote against the choices accused his colleagues of a “back room deal” despite saying he didn’t know wh...

State education department launches review of Common Core-based standards

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West Virginia school officials are asking the public to provide something they said they didn’t receive from the Legislature when it tried this year to repeal the state’s Common Core-based education standar...

State school board returns educational program to Berkeley facility

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to again provide education services at a Berkeley County facility that was investigated over reports of safety lapses and runaway residents.

In May, after more ...

Kanawha district raises top $20K for deputy superintendent, $10K for others

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Deputy Superintendent Tom Williams’ annual pay increased by about $20,200 to total $121,300, Counseling and Testing Director Jon Duffy’s pay jumped $17,000 to stand at $84,400, and six other Kanawha County ...

Mountain State University suit continues despite college’s closure

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Despite ceasing to function as a college and selling its central Beckley campus, Martinsburg branch and all its personal property, Mountain State University is still pushing ahead with its accreditation lawsuit against t...

Kanawha school board approves more pay raises

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The Kanawha County school board Monday approved more pay increases for employees, this time for central office staff, through new pay scales that officials say will make the school district more competitive in worker rec...

WVU dean of students promoted to new position

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West Virginia University’s dean of students and director of housing has been promoted to a restructured position, the school announced Monday.

Corey Farris, a 56-year-old Charleston native who joined WVU in...

Fewer students, younger teachers cited for $85M drop in WV education budget

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The West Virginia Department of Education’s budget decreased by $85.3 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which started last week, because of decreased student enrollment, continued retiremen...

Marshall renovating president’s house

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Marshall University expects to spend about $500,000 in ongoing renovations of its president’s house, a historic 1920s-era structure the school says was last renovated in the ‘70s.

Brandi Jacobs-Jones,...

New UC Beckley campus open

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The University of Charleston has begun teaching students at its new location in the Beckley area, following its departure from the former Mountain State University campus.

West Virginia University finalized its ro...

Suit dismissed: WVSU chaperon quit on trip, was fired

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County judge has dismissed the lawsuit a former West Virginia State University employee filed in 2013 after she left a group of about 120 high school students she was supposed to chap...