The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former superintendent over her firing.

 The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge's ruling denying its request to dismiss Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.

Marple was fired in 2012. She sued the board and a former board president last year, alleging defamation, violation of due process rights and violation of open meetings law.

Today Concord University is celebrating a new broadcasting facility on its campus. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Jessica Lilly, a Concord graduate who teaches at the university, spearheaded efforts to get a college radio station up and running.

The final stop of the statewide West Virginia Next Generation Standards tour will be Tuesday, September 29 at Shepherd University.

Child on high ropes
Stephen Smith

The last of our four part American Radio Works series concludes Monday, September 28 with Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools.

Kanawha County Schools

Sixteen schools in eight West Virginia counties will share more than $12,200 in grants for sustainability projects.

Veteran hanging flag
Stephen Smith

The American Radio Works series continues on WVPB radio on September 21st at 8:p.m. with a special on American Veterans with From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill.

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An audit of the Department of Education’s handling of the state funding formula for public schools says the Department is miscalculating funds and has actually been underpaying some counties for the past six years.

State lawmakers approved a recalculation of the state school aid formula in 2008.

Teaching Teachers

Sep 12, 2015
Emily Hanford

Join WVPB on Monday at 8 p.m. September 14,  for the second program in the award winning American Radio Works series.  This show is about Teaching Teachers.

Monongalia County Superintendent Frank Devono at the state Board of Education.
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The Monongalia County Board of Education is asking the state school board to join them in the appeal of a lawsuit that said the county could not allocate funds to their regional education office to hire classroom teachers at hourly rates.

The West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit in 2011 claiming the county board was circumventing state hiring practices by using its RESA, or Regional Educational Service Agency, to hire interventionists, certified classroom teachers who are shared between classrooms and schools working one-on-one with low performing students. 

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The West Virginia Board of Education is moving forward with a plan to consolidate multiple schools in Fayette County. 

Fayette County is the only county in the state fully controlled by the West Virginia Board of Education. Wednesday the board approved a change to the county’s ten year facilities plan that would consolidate four of the six high schools by the fall of 2018.

The vote, however, was close at 6 to 3.

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

On September 8, 1841, one of the most important education conventions ever held in present West Virginia convened in Clarksburg. At the time, a formal education was virtually unheard for families without money. In 1829, the Virginia General Assembly had authorized counties to establish school systems but provided little funding. Monroe County opened a free school under this plan but soon discontinued it.

Howard University Grads
Emily Hanford

As students and teachers head back to school, West Virginia Public Radio will be airing a four part education series by American Radio Works.  Beginning Monday, August 31st at 8p.m., Living the Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century will be heard, here on WVPB.

Some students at New River Community and Technical College who complete two-year degrees can transfer into a four-year program at West Virginia State University.

Officials from both schools announced an agreement Tuesday involving online and evening classes at West Virginia State.

It lets New River graduates in business administration, law enforcement and corrections complete their bachelor's degrees in business or criminal justice.

Barbour County Dept. of Education

West Virginia State Police say a suspect has been arrested after a report of someone with a gun inside a high school.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School.

Baylous says the incident began as a "hostage-type situation" at the school.

Cecelia Mason

Martin Keller Jr. has been named superintendent for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

The state Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Keller at a special meeting Friday.

Keller himself is deaf. He'll takes his new role next month at the Romney school. He will replace Lynn Boyer, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

West Virginia Morning
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The pension and health care benefits of thousands of coal miners could be at risk. That’s if a Virginia bankruptcy judge allows Patriot Coal to end a collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America, but members of the union made it clear Monday, they’re not going to lose those benefits without a fight.


A new type of learning will be the focus of a consolidated elementary school in Cabell County. Although they won't be in their new building until spring, parents and teachers say expeditionary learning will make a difference for their students.

It’s well known throughout circles in West Virginia that the state’s public education system lags behind nationally, ranking 48th, according to the US Census Bureau. There’s also a lot of talk throughout the state about the need for re-education and economic diversification in the state for adults.

As coal miners continue to lose their jobs, some are looking to education as a tool for new opportunities. But starting from the bottom or starting over isn’t easy.

One adult educator, a former coal miner from Boone County, just wrote a book that offers guidance. While author David Greene says this book should appeal to adult educators, it’s also meant to help individuals outside of the classroom.

Preliminary test scores released by the West Virginia Department of Education show students who have been taught under the state’s Common Core standards since kindergarten are exceeding national estimates when it comes to testing.

West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia’s Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead have sent a letter to two national organizations rescinding the state’s 2009 agreement over the Common Core standards.

West Virginia University

West Virginia University is teaming up once again with the University of Rome Tor Vergata for this year’s 2015 Solar Decathlon home-building competition.

The team is tasked with designing, building and operating an energy-efficient, solar-powered house. The winning entry must produce as much or more energy than it consumes, and must be attractive and environmentally friendly.