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Senators continue to move on a bill that would repeal Common Core standards in the state Tuesday by proposing amendments during an Education subcommittee meeting.

House Bill 2934 was approved over the weekend by the House of Delegates and called for a total repeal of the math and English standards by July 1, 2015.

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Members of the Senate approved a bill Monday evening that allows for the creation or conversion of a public school to a public charter school in West Virginia.

A public charter school is a school that uses government funding, but is not overseen by the county Board of Education, giving the school's administrators and teachers more flexibility in how they deliver education. The schools, however, are subject to state education standards. 

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A former Kanawha County principal is scheduled to stand trial in March on a misdemeanor charge of failing to report a sexual assault allegation.

Former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Carrie Webster scheduled Giles' trial for March 23. He will remain free on a personal recognizance bond.

The 64-year-old Giles retired after he was charged on Feb. 3.

  The West Virginia Board of Education has rescinded a proposal on teaching requirements for education science standards on climate change.

The board voted Wednesday to place the proposal back on a 30-day public comment period.

The vote came at the suggestion of Clayton Burch, the Department of Education's chief academic officer. He suggested removing the proposal will ensure that the time is taken to "get it right."

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West Virginia's superintendent of schools is heading to the Eastern Panhandle this week to meet with teachers and students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Michael Martirano starts his road trip on Wednesday at Musselman High School in Berkeley County. He has other stops at county schools that day before moving on to Jefferson County schools on Thursday. He wraps up the tour on Friday in Morgan County.

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A legal battle over the firing of West Virginia's school superintendent is heading to the state's highest court.

A Kanawha County circuit judge last month refused to dismiss former superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Board of Education is appealing that ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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Members of the state Board of Education have approved a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

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The West Virginia Board of Education's Commission on School District Governance and Administration is recommending the state board work to redefine the educational services provided by regional offices.

Those regions are known as RESAs, Regional Education Service Agencies, and there are eight in  West Virginia. Those offices encompass all 55 county school districts in the state and help provide some services like professional development, bulk purchasing and technology support.

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  The release of last year's standardized test scores for West Virginia public school students has been delayed again.

The Charleston Gazette reports that state education officials did not announce the results Thursday as expected. State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says officials are still working with counties to validate the scores. She says scores can be expected soon, but did not give a specific date.

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During the West Virginia Board of Education's November meeting Wednesday, Fayette County Superintendent Serena Starcher presented board members with the results of a survey and analysis of the performance of the county's secondary schools.

In October 2013, the state board directed the county to conduct the study specific to Meadow Bridge High School, a school a proposed facilities plan for the county would have consolidated if approved. Starcher said Wednesday, however, the county decided to expand the study to all middle and high schools.

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The West Virginia Board of Education returned local control to Mingo County Schools after nearly 10 years of intervention. 

Board members voted unanimously Wednesday during their November meeting at Mingo Central High School in Delbarton.

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  The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states and local school districts receiving grants for mental health first aid training.

Officials say the grant is part of a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth.

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For the past 20 months, the West Virginia Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance and Administration has been discussing ways the state can restructure at the regional level to provide better service to the local school districts. At a meeting Thursday, members finalized their recommendations for the full board who will vote on them in November.

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The director of WVOASIS, West Virginia's new integrated software platform, told lawmakers the fourth phase of the system will be delayed by at least three months after testing did not meet the required milestones. The opening of an expeditionary learning school in Huntington will also be delayed as crews work to renovate an old middle school into a facility equiped for a new style of learning.

The Appalachian Queer Film Festival begins this weekend in Lewisburg and it's director says it's okay to use that word.  

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to return local control of the school district to the Grant County Board of Education after nearly five years of intervention.

The system was taken over in 2009 after and audit showed the county was failing in multiple areas, including curriculum, student achievement and lacked leadership.

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West Virginia's new superintendent of schools has released his goals for improving the state's public education system, including a focus on improving student attendance and graduation rates.

Michael Martirano presented the plan to the state Board of Education on Wednesday.

The plan would increase pre-kindergarten offerings in all elementary schools and early childhood learning centers, including the expansion of programs before and after school and during the summer.

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  The U.S. Department of Education has named two schools in West Virginia as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The department announced the awards Tuesday for 337 schools nationwide.

The West Virginia schools are C.W. Shipley Elementary in Jefferson County and Woodsdale Elementary in Ohio County.

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  State figures show that nearly a third of West Virginia's public school students were truant during the 2013-2014 academic year.

According to Department of Education data, 58 percent of McDowell County's students were marked as truant. That was the highest rate in the state.

Jefferson County had the lowest rate, 7 percent.

West Virginia's new schools superintendent has taken the oath of office.

Michael Martirano was sworn in Monday, then headed straight to the source on his first day of work.

Martirano paid a visit the newly built Edgewood Elementary in Charleston following the swearing-in ceremony at the state Culture Center.

  Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin Monday as part of a new statewide assessment program.

The audits involve onsite visits of all schools by the Office of Education Performance Audits over the next two years. They will provide Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Legislature and the West Virginia Board of Education an overall view of performance.

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