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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.

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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!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 


Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50.

Newly elected West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell, left, with state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano, right, during Thursday's meeting.
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The West Virginia Board of Education has elected a new president and vice president after a string of resignations this week. 

Former Delegate Tom Campbell was elected president of the board during an emergency meeting Thursday. A certified public accountant, Campbell was appointed by Gov. Tomblin in 2012 and after several resignations is now the board’s longest-serving member.

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West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael says he supports new Gov. Jim Justice's proposal to cut the state government's education bureaucracy.

Carmichael, leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, says it's "encouraging" to see a governor ready to make wholesale changes to the education system, something he says legislators have been trying for.

The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve grants to seven schools that will share more than $1.6 million for innovations in education.

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In this week’s Inside Appalachia, we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

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A new study predicts that West Virginia will see smaller high school graduation class sizes and slightly more racial diversity in the coming years. 

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission reports that more students are entering four-year colleges in West Virginia this year with almost four percent more freshmen than last year while overall enrollment remains steady.

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West Virginia high school students have achieved the state’s highest graduation rate on record. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, West Virginia graduated 89.8 percent of its high school seniors.

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The U.S. secretary of education has called West Virginia's early learning program a good model for the country.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. praised the state for its commitment to early education during an event at the West Virginia Department of Education's headquarters on Thursday.

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West Virginia's Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano has announced he'll leave his post on June 30 next year to be closer to family in his home state of Maryland.

Martirano took over the office in September 2014. 

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One year into a long-term study of the state’s universal pre-K system, researchers say the program is improving achievement for students. 

The West Virginia Department of Education announced the longitudinal study of the state’s pre-K system a year ago, partnering with Marshall University and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

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We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics?

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

A new analysis of West Virginia educator data shows school administrators have a higher rate of turnover than classroom teachers in the state. 

The analysis is part of regional study focused on the retention and attrition rates of West Virginia educators.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities there.

The Register-Herald reports the board passed the resolution Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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In an effort to combat students' low access rates to high-speed broadband, Monongalia County Schools will issue Chromebooks to all of its students in the third grade and above in November.

A Chromebook, a laptop and operating system by Google, will allow each student to download web pages using the school's WiFi  to use for homework at home, where he or she may not have internet access. Clay-Battelle High School already achieved one-to-one last year, after a project to distribute broadband to its students for free using abandoned television and radio channels stalled.

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Statewide standardized test results show West Virginia students are improving in both math and English under Common Core education standards, but West Virginia teachers will be teaching under new standards this school year. 

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Four schools in Kanawha County suffered damage after historic flooding late last month and as a result, the state is taking special action to make sure some of the affected students can return to class by the start of the semester. 

West Virginia Board of Education members approved a proposal from Kanawha County Schools Thursday that will allow students from Elkview Middle School and Herbert Hoover to attend only a half day of school when they start classes on August 3.

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West Virginia Board of Education members are giving Boone County’s school board until July 18 to make drastic cuts to their budget. 

State board members voted 6 to 1 Thursday to take over Boone County schools if the local school board does not take action to reduce its budget by Monday. Former Delegate Tom Campbell was the only nay vote.

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The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says 35 schools have been impacted in some way by last month’s historic flooding.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are seeking support for high school football programs decimated by floods in their native West Virginia.

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Country music star and West Virginia native Brad Paisley toured flood damaged areas of Kanawha County Thursday after committed to help the region recover from catastrophic flooding.

The floods, which left 10 counties named federal disaster areas, killed 23 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. 

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West Virginia University School of Nursing is using a $1.2 million federal grant to train advance practice nursing students.

The university says the three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will be used to implement the "Improving Nursing Scholarship, Practice, Innovation, Research and Education to Care for WV," or INSPIRE to Care for WV project.

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During the recent budget showdown, several House lawmakers proposed eliminating the Office for Education and the Arts. It’s a cabinet-level position that oversees several groups, including the Educational Broadcasting Authority, which is the legal name for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

At the time of this writing, it appears the effort to eliminate Education and the Arts will fail. But lawmakers promise to bring it back next year. They say the department duplicates functions performed by other agencies.

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While the House took up the budget Monday, the Senate passed a bill that puts a little more than $2 million from state reserves into the Boone County Board of Education.

Senate Bill 1010 is a supplemental appropriation that would take money from general revenue and state reserves to help the Boone County school system get back on its feet after a decline in tax revenue this fiscal year.

The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to adopt an amendment to its accountability policy that will give schools A through F grades.

The board said in a news release that it approved the revised policy at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

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