Education

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

U.S. Department of Education

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

Wayne County
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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
WVU Tech

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.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from Wheeling Middle School students who worked with Northern Panhandle Bureau Chief Glynis Board to record stories and commentaries about standardized testing and the arts.

We'll also hear more from Inside Appalachia's recent episode about opioid addiction and the Veterans Administration.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has filled two vacancies on the state Board of Education.

Justice announced the appointments this week of Frank Vitale of Morgantown and Jeffrey Flanagan of Charleston.

Stephen Baldwin
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Both the House and Senate are considering bills this year to change the state’s education standards once again. It’s a reoccurring theme at the statehouse since Republican lawmakers took control of the chamber in 2015.

In the Senate, lawmakers have approved a bill that does not replace the current college and career ready standards taught in schools, but calls for a cyclical review of those standards with the input of West Virginia teachers.

In the House, however, the discussion over potential changes is just beginning.

Marshall University and West Virginia University

The presidents of Marshall and West Virginia universities say further state funding cuts to higher education would be devastating.

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At the start of this legislative session, Republican leaders warned that public education could be on the chopping block, seeing reductions that the system has historically been protected from. During a recent press conference, both House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael said they’ll work to mitigate the harm to classrooms and teachers, but funding will be reduced. The House’s Education Chairman says with those funding reductions, lawmakers are working to give county school systems more flexibility in how they spend their limited dollars.

Patricia Rucker
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A bill to prohibit any Common Core-based education standards from being taught in West Virginia classrooms was taken up in the Senate’s Education committee Saturday. The standards have been debated for years at the statehouse and now lawmakers are looking at legislation that specifies what can be taught.

classroom
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A Nicholas County judge has declined to immediately stop the controversial plan to consolidate five Nicholas County public schools into two schools that share a single campus following a flood last year.

Judge James Rowe on Thursday denied a preliminary injunction that had been requested by supporters of rebuilding Richwood's flood-damaged schools in the Richwood area instead of consolidating them into a single campus near Summersville.

Cathy Justice
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First Lady Cathy Justice spoke at her first solo event Wednesday since her husband’s election. The First Lady helped recognize International Women’s Day at the Capitol, kicking off Women’s History Month.

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The House voted on two education-related bills Tuesday – one that would give The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind access to the School Building Authority and another aimed at giving higher education institutions more control of their own affairs.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

Some child advocates say a plan by a nonprofit group to convert a southern West Virginia campus into a college specifically for children transitioning out of the foster care system is not a good idea.

Tina Faber is based at West Virginia University in Morgantown and runs a state program called Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth, or MODIFY.

She told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that it's very important for children in foster care to live a normal life and to be with peers who aren't foster children.

Jennifer Garner
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Actress Jennifer Garner says growing up "surrounded by generational, rural poverty" in West Virginia inspired her to become an advocate for early-childhood education.

Garner spoke at a meeting of the National Governors Association on Saturday about programs that bring educators into the homes of low-income parents to help them get their kids ready for kindergarten. At one point, her microphone was cut off and she said, "It's like the Oscars!"

Perry Bennett / WV Legislative Photography

During both the 2015 and the 2016 state Legislative sessions, the House of Delegates pushed a bill that would make the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible for funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority, or SBA. In 2015, it was vetoed by then-Governor Tomblin, and in 2016, it never made it out of the Senate’s Finance committee. Now, members in the House are trying once again this year, with House Bill 2123.

Glenville State College
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Glenville State College is bringing in three presidential finalists for on-campus interviews.

The college says in a news release that each candidate will have two-day visits later this month.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The West Virginia House and Senate met for the first day of the 2017 regular state Legislative session Wednesday.

 

The first official day of the 83rd West Virginia Legislative session began as House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael gaveled in Wednesday.

 

 


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