Education

The West Virginia Board of Education has proposed lowering some requirements to become a public school teacher.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday that among the proposed changes are exempting education bachelor's degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass a basic knowledge test.

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West Virginia's state school board has approved a federal Every Student Succeeds Act compliance plan that includes a new public accountability system to replace the one that assigned A-F grades to entire schools.

Media reports say Gov. Jim Justice will decide whether to sign the plan approved by the state Board of Education on Friday. The U.S. Education Department also must review it and decide whether to sign off.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

Sept. 8, 1841: Clarksburg Convention Highlights Education Inequalities

Sep 8, 2017
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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.

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The start of a new school year can be a stressful time, but it’s also a season of transition, and of new beginnings. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear the conclusion to Crystal Snyder's Struggle to Stay story, as she juggles school, work and family responsibilities. And we travel to McDowell County, where people are exploring new ways to deal with a chronic teacher shortage. 


Six West Virginia educators have been chosen for Teacher of the Year award.

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West Virginia health and education officials say immunizations for children are available at more than 380 Vaccines for Children provider locations, including local health departments.

They say uninsured or underinsured children can get free vaccinations at those sites.

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It’s been 10 years since The Erma Byrd Center opened in Raleigh County. State officials, students, faculty and community members gathered at the Center on Friday to celebrate the anniversary.

The Erma Byrd Center, was West Virginia’s first collaborative higher education campus. The Center offers classes and student services from Bluefield State College, Concord University and Marshall University.

When conservatives and liberals fight about school curriculum, the disagreements aren’t just about science and history. Even math has been a battleground in the culture wars. 

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The West Virginia Department of Education is allowing the public to comment on a draft of a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act.

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As compassion training is becoming more popular in schools across the country, a school in West Virginia is taking on a pilot compassion curriculum project of its own. The goal is to improve student achievement and foster healthier communities by cultivating things like focus and empathy.

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On this West Virginia Morning, compassion training is taking hold in schools across the country. The object is to improve student achievement and foster healthier communities by cultivating things like focus and empathy. Glynis Board reports the movement has inspired a school in West Virginia to take on a pilot compassion curriculum project of their own.

We also hear The Earls of Leicester perform “Salty Dog Blues” on Mountain Stage's Song of the Week.

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  The West Virginia Board of Education has passed policy changes capping the percentage of students who receive specially designed instruction for disabilities that schools can place in general education classrooms.

The West Virginia Department of Education has launched an online survey for people to offer input on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

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Concord University’s Upward Bound Program has been awarded more than $660,000 per year for five years.

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Application mistakes have cost two universities federal funding for programs that benefit low-income college students in West Virginia.

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A new schools superintendent has been named in a West Virginia county.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Wayne County's education board unanimously approved Todd Alexander as its next superintendent on Saturday. Alexander is an assistant superintendent for Cabell County Schools where he has worked for more than 20 years. He begins his new role on July 1 and will serve under a three-year contract with an annual salary of $120,000.

On Adriene McNally's 49th birthday in January, she heard a knock on the door of her modest row-home in Northeast Philadelphia.

She was being served.

"They actually paid someone to come out and serve me papers on a Saturday afternoon," she says.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
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The West Virginia University Institute of Technology has held its final commencement ceremony on its Montgomery campus.

Media outlets report that nearly 180 graduates received their diplomas Saturday.

West Virginia University is completing its move of WVU Tech's operations from Montgomery to Beckley this summer.

Campus President Carolyn Long said during the ceremony that the Montgomery campus will be missed, "but we're confident in our future as an institution because this is about the students. You are the soul of WVU Tech, and that's not going anywhere."

Wheeling Middle Schoolers Use Reporting Project to Tackle Tough Topics

May 3, 2017
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It’s not often we hear from young people about issues that affect young people. After visiting an eighth grade writing class at Wheeling Middle School, and asking this class if they would be interested in pitching story ideas, several students decided there were issues they’d like to tackle.

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