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Kanawha library system approves plan to select main branch building

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The Kanawha County Public Library’s board approved Monday a contract laying out an expected 4- to 6-month process to prepare the board to ultimately choose either to overhaul its existing main branch location or p...

Kanawha school counselor recognized at White House

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School counseling runs in Todd Roatsey’s family.

One sister, Tara Dawson, is a counselor. Michelle Mincer — his other sister and only other sibling — was a counselor, and still works in the Ka...

Boone schools superintendent is promised pay raises amid job cuts

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In what the board president called “crappy” timing, the Boone County school board unanimously voted earlier this week to assure their superintendent future pay raises, just as individual employees were lear...

WV House leaders sponsoring Common Core repeal bill

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State lawmakers who’ve previously pushed for repealing West Virginia’s math and English language arts K-12 education standards have filed another bill to do so, this one with House Education Committee Chair...

WV school board member Linger resigns

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A West Virginia Board of Education member at the center of the controversies over the firing of a former state schools superintendent and changes to the state’s science standards regarding climate change has resig...

Boone County schools might ax nearly 80 jobs

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The Boone County Schools superintendent is recommending that the school board cut about 77 positions, a move he said is necessary because of declining tax revenue and dropping enrollment.

Big Brothers Big Sisters requests more mentors, business collaboration

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One out of every four children live in poverty in the state of West Virginia, which has been working to bring down its juvenile incarceration rate.

Meanwhile, much of the state’s working age population does...

Kanawha officials dispute Capital High gas threat

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Kanawha County school officials continued Monday to dispute allegations from Mountaineer Gas concerning Capital High School, where the natural gas company says the current setup to use another company’s gas presen...

WV charter schools bill differs from previous version

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West Virginia Republican lawmakers are again supporting legislation to allow the state’s first charter schools, after a bill failed to pass during last year’s session.

Gas leak could have caused school explosion, company alleges

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Natural gas lines running through Capital High School became over-pressurized earlier this month, leading to a situation where “a fire or explosion could easily have occurred,” according to a letter ...

Kanawha school board to seek Horace Mann auditorium funds

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The Kanawha County school board Wednesday unanimously approved amending its long-range building plan in order to request state School Building Authority money to build an auditorium for Horace Mann Middle School.

T...

Snow keeps WV schools closed

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Kanawha County public school officials blamed today’s school cancellation, the fifth consecutive nixed school day, on snow-covered parking lots and roadways, and said they didn’t know when the snow will be ...

After snow storm, Boone elementary students study at home

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Despite consecutive school days canceled, students at Boone County’s Sherman Elementary are continuing their studies through an online learning competition.

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SCHS students again win robot competition on space station

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Seeing the robot he programmed compete live in no gravity against robots from other states and countries onboard the International Space Station seems exciting, but the competition began at 4:30 a.m., and Alex Casto got ...

GW, Spring Mills high schoolers selected for elite U.S. Senate program

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For the third year in a row, a student from Charleston’s George Washington High is headed to Washington, D.C., as part of the elite United States Senate Youth Program — this time, accompanied by a student f...

Senate committee furthers bill to remove preschool day requirement

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In a voice vote last week with no nays heard, the state Senate Education Committee passed on to the full Senate a bill that would remove the upcoming requirement that counties offer early childhood education programs fiv...

Rector of Charleston’s Sacred Heart retiring after 35 years

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The Roman Catholic priest who’s led downtown Charleston’s Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for about 35 years, and significantly expanded the real estate footprint of his parish during that ...

Daymark co-founder dies at 91, had lifetime of serving children

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Considering she was a teacher, a Head Start worker, a mother to five, a grandmother to 13 and a great-grandmother to seven, it’d be hard to accuse Ardath Stanton Francke, who died Monday at 91, of not caring about...

Funding denied for proposed juvenile program at J.E. Robins building

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A proposal to host a court diversion program for juvenile offenders at the former J.E. Robins Elementary building has raised concerns from some residents on Charleston’s West Side, but the former Robins student an...

Tyler school board president now homeschooling kids

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The president of Tyler County’s school board has taken her kids out of the school system and begun homeschooling them, saying she wants them to have a more “Christian-based curriculum” on topics like...

State school board discusses Gilmer County in closed session

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The West Virginia Board of Education spent about an hour in closed session Wednesday discussing issues regarding Gilmer County, which is, alongside Fayette County, one of the two school systems under...

WV testing commission favors ACT, but state not yet releasing ‘final recommendations’

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The day before West Virginia lawmakers planned to start the 2016 session with anti-Common Core bills on their minds, the state schools superintendent’s Commission on Assessment again appeared ready to recommend re...

WV testing panels eyes ACT

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One day before West Virginia lawmakers start their annual regular session Wednesday, a group formed to consider statewide standardized testing might make its final recommendations on big changes to the exams.

At i...

Ethics complaint against state BOE president dismissed

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A West Virginia Ethics Commission panel has dismissed the ethics complaint a state Board of Education member filed last month against the board’s president alleging violations of open meetings laws and other accus...

State won’t force students to go to first inter-county elementary

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West Virginia’s deputy state schools superintendent says state education officials don’t control student transfers in Gilmer County, which hasn’t provided its promised number of students to the state...

New House Ed leader: Time running out on standards repeal

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The new chairman of the House Education Committee says legislation to further change West Virginia’s K-12 learning standards isn’t inevitable, but time is running out for lawmakers, the state Department of ...

WV testing panel eyes replacing Smarter Balanced with ACT

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Most members of the West Virginia Schools superintendent’s commission on testing want to move away from Smarter Balanced standardized exams, limit end-of-year testing in high school to only one grade and specifica...

In reversal, WV superintendent opens testing meetings to public

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In a reversal, West Virginia’s state schools superintendent has publicly released the names of members of his new advisory commission on statewide standardized testing and the time and location of its next meeting...

Confusion persists over non-renewal of Ohio County superintendent’s contract

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Three Ohio County school board members aren’t specifying why they want to change the leader of a school system that had the best English language arts standardized test proficiency rate in the state last school ye...

State, federal changes leave questions about future of WV education

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This month Congress passed a bill reducing federal education regulations and the West Virginia Board of Education voted to alter the state’s current K-12 standards and greatly reduce standardized testing, and more...

WV’s first inter-county elementary only 60 percent full

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State School Building Authority officials say West Virginia’s first inter-county elementary school, built with $10.3 million in SBA money, has only about 60 percent of the students planned for it.

Marple requests rehearing of Supreme Court ruling dismissing case

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Attorneys for ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple have requested a rehearing of the West Virginia Supreme Court’s unanimous Nov. 10 decision to dismiss her case against the state Board of Education. <...

Kanawha library set to open new teen/tech area

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After nearly a year of renovation, the Kanawha County Public Library’s main branch plans Monday to re-open its fourth-floor teen and digital collections area — now with more space, video games and better se...

WV school board OKs changes to Common Core standards, reduces standardized testing

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In voice votes with no nays heard, the West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday chose to replace the state’s Common Core-based math and English/language arts standards with revised education requirements, effe...

Kanawha school board president won’t run again; 2016-17 calendar approved

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The president of Kanawha County’s school board announced Thursday she won’t run for re-election next year, at a meeting where board members also approved next school year’s calendar.

Robin Rec...

WV counted nearly 600 positions without fully certified teachers

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West Virginia schools reported nearly 600 positions — more than a third of them in special education — filled by educators without full certifications, according to an Oct. 1 count that was finalized this m...

Lawmakers mum about meeting on Common Core standards

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State legislative leaders still haven’t said what specific further changes they’d like the West Virginia Board of Education to make to the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts K-1...

Kanawha County Public Library board raises pay for some workers

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In a vote Monday with no nays, the Kanawha County Public Library system’s board decided to raise the pay for some employees.

Library Director Alan Engelbert said the vote increases the pay of 54 hourly empl...

School Building Authority denies funding for Fayette consolidations

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Once again Monday, the West Virginia School Building Authority board refused to support Fayette County’s controversial school consolidation plan.

On a voice vote to stop considering the Fayette proposal for...

Kanawha, 14 other counties get school building funds

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The state School Building Authority’s board voted Monday to finally approve funding renovations and additions to Kanawha County’s Andrews Heights Elementary, among projects in 14 other counties — inc...

Lawmakers pushing for more Common Core changes

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State legislative leaders aren’t fully satisfied with the proposed changes to West Virginia’s K-12 math and English language arts standards, and are meeting Monday with the state Board of Education’s...

Obama signs law reducing federal role in education

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President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bipartisan law that supporters of the legislation say reduces federal regulation of K-12 education, including by eliminating mandates that teacher evaluations factor in student...

Jefferson schools superintendent calls anti-levy ads misleading

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A political action committee is releasing misleading information concerning Jefferson County Schools’ attempt to renew its excess levy for another five years, the local schools superintendent says.

Bondy Gi...

Obama expected to sign bill increasing state control of schools

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The U.S. Senate voted 85-12 Wednesday to pass a bill that would eliminate federal mandates regarding teacher evaluations and increase flexibility in how states hold their schools accountable.

The Every Student Succ...

Officials express concern over Fayette school consolidation plan

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Alongside endorsements of other counties’ proposed projects, state School Building Authority employees have expressed concerns with Fayette County’s controversial high school consolidat...

WVBOE member files ethics complaint against board president

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As an expected decision on funding Fayette County’s controversial school consolidation plan nears, a West Virginia Board of Education member has filed an ethics complaint against the board’s president regar...

Congress set to pass wide-ranging update to federal K-12 education law

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Following the U.S. House of Representatives’ overwhelming bipartisan vote in support, the Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill that would eliminate federal mandates regarding teacher evaluations and incr...

WV sees another increase in high school graduation rate

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West Virginia’s four-year high school graduation rate for last school year was 86.5 percent, a 2-percentage-point increase over the previous school year, according to data the state Department of Education release...

County officials say they weren’t contacted on Teach For America plans

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Officials from two of the three West Virginia counties that a Teach For America leader said the group plans to serve say they haven’t been contacted by the organization, and one official said his county likely won...

Planned rehab center looks to fund education, outpatient center

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Those who’ve been working to establish a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment center on property near Capital High School are seeking public and private funding for an outpatient c...