Education

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed two education bills, one that would have repealed Common Core aligned standardized test in the state and a second that would have allowed county boards to schedule fewer then 180 days in their school calendars.

There is still time to enter!  Calling all cooks from the ages of  8-12 years old!  You have until April 4, 2016 to enter for a chance to win a trip to the White House and the Kid' State Dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama. So far, there are no West Virginia entrants!  You can change that- start creating.

Best Furniture
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Asbestos abatement and environmental clean up began Tuesday at the vacant Best Furniture Store in downtown Welch in McDowell County Tuesday, some 19 months after a project to demolish and build new housing on the site was announced.

In this episode, we'll hear stories of loss, grief, and resilience. A lesbian woman who was abused by her husband and left for dead when she came out of the closet talks about her journey to become a boxing champion.

STEAM power WV  

Do you work with students in grades 3 to 5?  Do you like to integrate technology into your lessons?  Step up to the WVPB STEAM power WV Challenge and win a chance to earn cash to purchase technology for your classroom.

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.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

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 http://writeonkids.org

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

WVU

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.

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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.   

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