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Fayette among many counties seeking funds to fix school buildings


Braxton County’s only high school retains the original main breaker from its construction in 1967; parts for it are no longer available, and “welding fabrications” keep the device running.


Decrease in WV’s public school enrollment speeds up


West Virginia’s public school student enrollment dropped nearly 2,760 students from last school year to this one, more than double the declines in the past two years, according to data release...

College presidents note collaboration over WVU Tech move, but concerns remain


Although the presidents of Bluefield State College and Concord University have agreed to collaborate with West Virginia University to serve students, they still have concerns about the planned move of the WVU Institute o...

Kanawha school board strengthens LGBT employment protections, hears calendar concerns


The Kanawha County school board Thursday approved policy changes meant to protect prospective and current LGBT employees from discrimination and heard concerns over a proposed 2016-17 school calendar that some at the boa...

Internet access coming to Kanawha County school buses


By Ryan Quinn

Staff writer

Kanawha County Schools will begin installing routers this week on all 158 county school buses to provide wireless Internet access to...

WV proposed new standards contain much language identical to Common Core


West Virginia’s proposed new K-12 math and English language arts standards, which the state schools superintendent says aren’t based on Common Core, contain much of the exact same language as the controvers...

WV state school board moves to replace Common Core standards


The West Virginia Board of Education Friday moved forward with a repeal of the state’s current Common Core-based K-12 math and English language arts standards, in order to replace them with a version the state sch...

Board of Education OKs naloxone in Brooke schools, considers statewide expansion


The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved allowing Brooke County Schools to stock a drug used to resuscitate people suffering from drug overdoses, while expressing interest in allowing schools across the ...

WV school board to consider Common Core standards revisions, testing reductions


The West Virginia Department of Education is recommending that the state Board of Education take previous reductions in science and social studies standardized testing and make them permanent, while still determining wha...

Fayette schools superintendent defends consolidation plan


Fayette County Schools’ superintendent defended the county’s controversial school consolidation plan Tuesday before the state School Building Authority, which on Monday approved the plan to be officially co...

Kanawha again requests funding for Andrews Heights school


For at least the fourth straight year, Kanawha County school officials are asking the state School Building Authority to help fund work on Andrews Heights Elementary.

After being rejected the past several years, co...

School Building Authority reverses decision on Fayette consolidation plan


In a voice vote with no nays sounded, the state School Building Authority’s board agreed Monday to reverse its September decision to shoot down Fayette County’s latest school consolidation plan.

The ...

WV to accept general science teaching endorsements for new course


West Virginia instructors with general science endorsements, including those currently teaching ninth-grade physical science, will be considered certified to teach the required new ninth-grade science course coming to Mo...

A year after levy’s passage, Kanawha library making progress


Roughly two-thirds of the Kanawha Countians who showed up to polls last November supported restoring funding to the local public library system that a 2013 state Supreme Court ruling took away.

This week marks th...

Scholarship program benefits children of injured, killed workers


When Victoria Galyean was 4 or 5 years old, her father, a truck driver, got into a vehicle accident that put a lot of strain on her family.

“We almost lost everything when that happened,” Galyean sai...

Kanawha sees almost 5 percentage point increase in graduation rate


Kanawha County Schools had about an 80.4 percent four-year graduation rate last school year, up from 75.5 percent in 2013-14, according to preliminary data shared Monday with local school board members.

Jon Duffy,...

K-12 education leaders advocate one-to-one computing across WV


Two of West Virginia’s top K-12 education leaders Monday advocated spreading one-to-one computing — in which schools give each student a device, like a laptop or tablet computer — across the state. <...

Monongalia, Ohio county school test scores best in state


Monongalia and Ohio were the top-scoring counties, and Barbour, Logan and McDowell were the bottom-scoring counties in math and English/language arts last school year on West Virginia’s new Common Core-aligned sta...

Charleston native creates evacuation slides to counter active shooters


A Charleston native is marketing inflatable evacuation slides, resembling those on passenger airplanes, to school systems concerned about active shooters and other emergencies.

Blair White began flying planes at a...

WV sees nation’s only increase in 8th-grade NAEP reading scores


West Virginia was the only state in the nation to see its eighth-grade average reading score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress increase significantly over 2013, but it was among 22 s...

Official loses round in grievance against community college


A judge has ruled against a Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College official who filed a grievance to get the full $15,000 raise that former college President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said he was due.


To ward off bedbugs, students carry plastic bags rather than bookbags


In the Kanawha City school’s continuing effort to keep out bed bugs, Chamberlain Elementary will now ban students from bringing book bags.

Pulitzer-winning historian explains Reconstruction’s continuing impact on U.S. politics


While the period following the Civil War has often been labeled a failure, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian said Thursday that Reconstruction laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement a cen...

WV college attendance program continues with new funding


About 1,300 West Virginia eighth graders danced, laughed and cheered Wednesday in Charleston at the kickoff event for a program to get kids from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds into college or other post-high school ...

W.Va. schools could stock anti-overdose drug


School leaders in one Northern Panhandle county want their schools to stock a drug to resuscitate people suffering from drug overdoses — an apparently rare situation in schools, but one the county wants to prepare...

W.Va. graduation rate among nation’s fastest-growing


Among the 50 states, West Virginia saw the fourth-largest increase in its four-year high school graduation rate from the 2012-13 school year to 2013-14, according to preliminary data released this week by the U.S. Depart...

Officials say eliminating personal property tax would devastate education


Education officials told lawmakers Monday that eliminating personal property taxes would cause a huge statewide revenue reduction for county school systems, though one legislator questioned why he was hearing a presentat...

Vast majority of online comments support WV’s Common Core standards


The vast majority of the roughly 251,400 online comments submitted by more than 4,100 individuals as part of West Virginia’s review of its Common Core-based standards agreed with the K-12 learning requirements, ac...

WV delays increasing tests’ role in teacher evaluations again


The West Virginia Board of Education has again delayed increasing the role of standardized tests in teacher evaluations.

Fifteen percent of annual evaluations for math and English/language arts teachers this school...

Fayette school consolidation heats up state school board meeting


West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green and fellow board member Bill White continued their public disagreement Wednesday following a forceful showing from Fayette County residents about school consolidation...

Teachers begin sifting through Common Core comments


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia K-12 teachers, faculty members who teach teachers and others in the education field have begun analyzing online comments submitted as part of the state...

WV counties plan for $16M in statewide school funding cuts


Kanawha and Berkeley counties are expected to lose more than $1 million each, and Putnam and six other counties are each expected to lose more than $500,000 in the first mid-school-year cut since the early ’90s to...

Only 2 percent of eligible WV students didn’t take standardized tests


Only about 2 percent of eligible West Virginia students didn’t take the state’s standardized tests in math and English/language arts last school year, according to the state Department of Education, suggest...

Three Boone schools would close under consolidation plan


In response to declining enrollment and lower property tax collections, the Boone County schools superintendent wants to close three of the county’s 10 elementary schools.

John Hudson said Wharton Elementar...

Justices consider ousted state schools superintendent’s case


The West Virginia Supreme Court Tuesday heard about a half-hour of arguments revolving around whether the state Board of Education and its former president are immune from a lawsuit that ousted state schools superintende...

Kanawha schools push forward with iPad rollout


Matthew Cox began his technology presentation Monday with a video of his favorite history teacher, George Feeny from the ‘90s sitcom “Boy Meets World.”

In the clip, Feeny expressed frustration...

Kanawha school board furthers LGBT employment protections


The Kanawha County school board is furthering more policy changes to protect employees from discrimination based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

The board held its first reading Monday of a change ...

Bus wreck sends 11 Hayes Middle students to hospital


A bus wreck Thursday sent Hayes Middle students to Thomas Memorial Hospital, and school officials are tight-lipped on details.

Paige Johnson, director of marketing and public relations for Thomas Health System, sa...

Tomblin denies official’s request to reverse vote against Fayette school consolidation


The West Virginia Board of Education’s president has called the state School Building Authority’s recent vote to shoot down Fayette County’s high school consolidation plan “unprecedented, ...

Kanawha authorities crack down on bus passers — including fellow officers


Kanawha County authorities say they will increase enforcement against drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses as a statewide focus on the problem continues.

Online review of W.Va.’s Common Core-based standards ends Wednesday


Wednesday is the last day to share your views on West Virginia’s Common Core-based learning requirements through the state’s standards review website, which already has received more than 240,000 comments f...

School Building Authority shoots down Fayette consolidation plan


The state School Building Authority on Monday shot down Fayette County Schools’ latest plan to consolidate schools.

This attempt would’ve combined four high schools — Fayetteville, Meadow Brid...

Kanawha students receiving controversial new training to counter school shootings

- Kanawha schools program leaves open the option to physically confront shooter

West Side parents aid teachers, learn skills in expanding program


An initiative that puts parents in classrooms on Charleston’s West Side to aid students and teachers is set to expand this school year.

Bonita Perry-Dean said the Parent Mentor Program — coordinated ...

Kanawha commission OKs 911 fee increase, delays WVU Tech, Power Plus issues


The Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday to raise the county 911 service fees and delayed deciding both whether to join proposed litigation opposing relocating the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and...

After another bedbug discovery, Chamberlain students can opt to stay home


Chamberlain Elementary’s principal says parents can keep their children home for the rest of the week following another bedbug sighting at the school Wednesday.

Phoebe McCloud said a teacher found a live in...

Alleged arson attempt in Gilmer school spawns controversy


An alleged arson attempt at a Gilmer County elementary school has fed continuing disagreement between the county’s state-appointed superintendent and some members of its locally elected school board.


Bus-stop arm extensions hit six times in Kanawha, still called effective


Although they’ve only been on 10 school buses in Kanawha County since the academic year began last month, drivers already have struck the new 6-foot-long bus-stop arm extensions six times, the school district ...

Chamberlain Elementary closed after bedbugs found


Bedbugs closed a Charleston elementary school on Friday morning, and school officials said they would treat the building over the next two weekends.

Chamberlain Elementary Principal Phoebe McCloud said the parasite...

Kanawha school board approves LGBT protections


The Kanawha County school board voted unanimously Thursday to add specific protections regarding sexual orientation to its cultural diversity and human relations policy.

The policy change, which didn’t recei...