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The West Virginia Board of Education has put a policy out for comment that would move forward with giving A through F grades to entire schools and counties, but would base ratings on more than just standardized tests and graduation rates.

State Department of Education Chief Accountability Officer Michele Blatt tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the policy, proposed Wednesday, would add "multiple measures" to the state's A-F school and county grading system.

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State Senators have made changes to a bill that, as approved by the House, would repeal the state’s Common Core education standards and aligned standardized tests. 

Senators on the Education Committee accepted amendments to the bill during an evening meeting Monday.

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  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin made an appointment Friday afternoon to fill a void on the state Board of Education.

Tomblin appointed Scott Rotruck to the West Virginia Board of Education, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Wade Linger. The appointment is effective immediately.

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West Virginia board of education member Wade Linger has resigned, citing frustration over what he called the state Legislature's long-term tinkering with the board's work.

State school board attorney Mary Catherine Tuckwiller confirmed Linger's resignation Wednesday.

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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.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state board of education meeting where members voted to repeal the standards based on Common Core.  And Stephen Kellogg is along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the school building authority meeting where members voted down funding for new schools in Fayette County.  And energy and environmental reporter Glynis Board updates us on the arguments about forced pooling in natural gas drilling. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, the state board of education has asked the school building authority to give Fayette County the priority in funding new schools there.  Also, in Huntington, officials are seeking state and federal support for boosting economic development in the city. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is asking the state School Building Authority to put Fayette County at the front of line during its next round of financial awards. 

Board  members voted 6 to 2 in a meeting Tuesday approving a resolution that asks Fayette County be considered a priority for additional funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority.

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On West Virginia Morning, a report from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol about a Right to Work law.  And lawmakers react to the new education standards recommended by the state superintendent of schools on Friday. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia’s top education official is proposing a repeal of the state’s Common Core based education standards in exchange for a new set he says will ensure West Virginia students are both college and career ready.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano presented the West Virginia College and Career Ready standards to the West Virginia Board of Education Friday.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed against state education officials by Del. Michael Folk. The suit claimed the implementation of Common Core standards violated both the state and federal Constitutions.

Folk originally filed the lawsuit in Berkeley County Circuit Court where the complaint was dismissed. Folk again filed with the Supreme Court in July, naming the West Virginia Board of Education and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former superintendent over her firing.

 The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge's ruling denying its request to dismiss Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.

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The Monongalia County Board of Education is asking the state school board to join them in the appeal of a lawsuit that said the county could not allocate funds to their regional education office to hire classroom teachers at hourly rates.

The West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit in 2011 claiming the county board was circumventing state hiring practices by using its RESA, or Regional Educational Service Agency, to hire interventionists, certified classroom teachers who are shared between classrooms and schools working one-on-one with low performing students. 

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on a lawsuit between the American Federation of Teachers and the Monongalia County Board of Education.  And Bahamas has our Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, the state Board of Education is moving forward with a controversial plan to close and consolidate some schools in Fayette County.  Also, there’s a new program being considered at West Virginia University to teach music therapy as a part of medical treatment.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is moving forward with a plan to consolidate multiple schools in Fayette County. 

Fayette County is the only county in the state fully controlled by the West Virginia Board of Education. Wednesday the board approved a change to the county’s ten year facilities plan that would consolidate four of the six high schools by the fall of 2018.

The vote, however, was close at 6 to 3.

On West Virginia Morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate walked out of a subcommittee meeting yesterday to protest legislation meant to counteract the Clean Power Plan.  Also, leaders in the state legislature want to rescind the agreement that brought the Common Core education standards to West Virginia.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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A judge has reprimanded an attorney for ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple for using profanity and calling the West Virginia Board of Education's lawyers "crooks."

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha Circuit Court Judge James Stucky also ordered attorney Tim Barber to pay court costs incurred by the board's lawyers in pursuing the sanctions. A lawyer for the board estimated those costs at $2,500 to $3,000.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has a new president in retired Morgantown businessman Mike Green, but his nomination and subsequent election Thursday came with a small spark of controversy.

Green, the board’s current Vice President, replaces former First Lady Gayle Manchin as the body’s leader. Manchin completed her second term as board president Thursday, holding the post since July 2013. Her nine year term as a member of the board expires in November.

Green will be joined at the head of the table by former state Sen. Lloyd Jackson who was elected Vice President and Tina Combs who was re-elected to her seat as Secretary.


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