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Marshall University
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Marshall University will offer a new bachelor's degree program in health care management.

The university says in a news release that the Lewis College of Business will launch the degree program this fall, although current students can begin taking courses this semester.

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Editor's Note: For the latest updates on the final day of the legislative session, be sure to keep checking our live blog.

Updated Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:28 p.m.: 

Members of the Senate have concurred in the House amendments to House Bill 4014 after voting 27-4 during a Saturday evening floor session.

With the concurrence and passing vote, the bill now heads to Governor Tomblin for further consideration.

Writers Contest

Mar 10, 2016

Calling all writers in kindergarten through 5th grade!  We want to see what you are writing. Take part in our annual Writers Contest, deadline to enter is March 31, 2016.  Stories must be the original work of the author and be accompanied by original art.  Stories must be single author stories and can be fact, fiction, prose or poetry.  Additional rules and entry forms can be found at

Prizes will be awarded for first through third places at each grade level. 

West Virginia Department of Education

Scott Rotruck has been appointed to the state Board of Education.

Rotruck replaces Wade Linger, who resigned last month.

Alan French

A bill named after Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is making its way through the West Virginia legislature. It would allow homeschooled students in West Virginia to participate in public school athletics in the same way Tebow did during his high school years in Florida.

Judy Sheppard, a dynamic West Virginia entrepreneur
Jean Snedegar

This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.


West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the - now four - finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She's a coal miner's daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen.

Abby Cadabby and a host of other Sesame Street friends share a song and video about brushing teeth.  In true Sesame Street fashion we are engaged and encouraged to have toothbrushing become a part of the daily routine.

This is just one of a host of parent and caregiver toolkits which cover topics from Asthma and Autism to Grief and Divorce.  These toolkits have been developed to help adults explain hard topics with their children.  These kits are available online at Sesame Parent Toolkits. 

Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A proposal by Governor Tomblin to recalculate the state school aid funding formula and cut public education funding by nearly $15 million in the 2017 budget year was killed in the Senate Wednesday when lawmakers rejected the bill as it moved out of the chamber’s Education Committee.

The Kanawha County school board has agreed to end the contracts of four Garnet Career Center teachers and 24 full-time aides countywide as a result of expected funding cuts.

Del. Paul Espinosa (R - Jefferson) and Del. Randy Smith (R - Preston)
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A bill to repeal Common Core based education standards and assessments in West Virginia is making its way through the House of Delegates, but has slowed in the chamber’s Education Committee.

Between a repeal of the Common Core based education standards, a cut in the school aid formula and teacher layoffs, it’s a busy time in education in West Virginia. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano address all three issues in a special extended interview.

West Liberty University


West Liberty University is one of several  higher education institutions in the state that have recently hired new presidents. Weirton-native Stephen Greiner spoke with West Virginia Public Broadcasting about coming home to lead a school in the Northern Panhandle.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has hundreds of thousands of digital resources available for teachers, caregivers and students on its West Virginia LearningMedia platform.  The breadth of these resources can be overwhelming so, we have launched a bi-monthly e-newsletter  to highlight a few of the incredible resources available for free. Our goal is to bring resources to you in a timely manner or to let you know of specific contests or activities with which we are involved.   

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

A legal challenge has been filed to block West Virginia University from Moving WVU Tech from Montgomery to Beckley.

The lawsuit filed in Kanawha County also is pressing the university's governing board to fully implement the so-called WVU Tech Revitalization Project, according to media reports.

Woodburn Hall

West Virginia University and officials for the city of Morgantown have reached an agreement over policing the school's fraternity and sorority houses.

Jean Snedegar

Our newsroom recently teamed up with the producers of Inspiring West Virginians for a special episode of Inside Appalachia. The show features Mountain State natives who are leaders in business or a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. 

Doug Estepp / Coal Country Tours

West Virginia is expected to be in the national spotlight on January 26 in an episode of the PBS documentary series, American Experience.

David Benbennick

Police in Mineral County say a motorist has died after his vehicle collided head-on with a school bus that had no students aboard.

Media outlets report the collision occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Route 50 near New Creek. The bus driver wasn't hurt.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According to a study by New America's Education Policy Program, West Virginia leads the nation in developing children's literacy skills.

West Virginia was one of five states graded as “walking” in the report, meaning the state is making solid strides towards a comprehensive birth through third grade literacy policy.

Daniel Walker/WVPB

In 2013, the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice launched a program called Handle With Care. The collaborative  program is meant to help children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect or other types of trauma succeed in school. The program that started on the West Side of Charleston is now expanding across the state and in other communities across the nation.

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PBS LearningMedia is looking for America’s most innovative educators who use digital media and technology in the classroom. If that’s you, we invite you to submit your application to become a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Selected applicants will receive:

Michael Martirano
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new West Virginia commission's discussions of possibly changing standardized testing won't be public.

A former state schools superintendent has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous decision to dismiss her lawsuit against the State Board of Education over its decision to fire her.

The Pocahontas County school system is going to try to implement new school bus routes on days where classes might have previously been canceled because of snow.

The school system's Director of Transportation Ruth Bland tells The Inter-Mountain that the move will preserve instructional days and prevent cancelations from cutting further into summer break.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia School Building Authority denied a request Monday from the Fayette County school system for $39 million over three years to construct and renovate facilities in the district.

The Authority gives out additional dollars annually to counties to aid in the construction and renovation of schools. Monday, the board distributed some $56 million to 15 county school systems.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia School Building Authority met Monday to award more than $56 million in state funds to county school systems for facilities improvement projects. The following are the counties selected and the details of their projects:

Monroe County, December 2015     Monroe County Early Head Start and Head Start held a Storybook Christmas and invited Clifford the Big Red Dog to host the event.  Youngsters participated in activity stations based upon various storybooks.  Students from James Monroe High School Child Development Classes ran the stations.  At each station one of Clifford's Big Ideas was integrated into the activity.