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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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An education official says West Virginia's public schools face an estimated $16 million cut in state aid under the governor's spending reductions.

Department of Education chief operations officer Joe Panetta tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the level of cuts won't be finalized until Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issues an executive order this week.

The public will have an opportunity to learn about West Virginia's academic standards for grades K-12 at a town hall meeting in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Liberty University's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

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A Logan County Spanish teacher has been named West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The Department of Education says Andrea Santos received the award on Wednesday night during a ceremony in Charleston. County teachers of the year also were recognized.

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The West Virginia Department of Education is set to hold a meeting tonight at Marshall about academic standards in the state.

It’s the latest in a series of town hall-style meetings being held around the state. They’ll examine the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s campus.

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A new report says many West Virginia high school graduates are ill-prepared for college.

The annual report by ACT says 21 percent of students who took this year's ACT test met all four of the organization's college readiness benchmarks.

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The state Board of Education has decided not to vote on a proposal to allow year-round coaching in middle and high school sports.

The board tabled the measure Thursday for further study.

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After the announcement of a comprehensive review earlier this year, West Virginia parents, teachers and concerned citizens are now being asked to evaluate the state’s education standards.

The West Virginia Department of Education launched “West Virginia Academic Spotlight” Wednesday, a five month review of the state’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives. The first step in that review is an online public comment period.

On May 14, 1982, Judge Arthur Recht handed down a legal ruling that reshaped the course of public education in West Virginia.

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The West Virginia Department of Education is partnering with West Virginia University and the National Institute for Early Education Research to conduct a long term study on early childhood education in the state.

The study will follow a group of three and four-year-olds beginning in West Virginia’s pre-K system this fall through the next five years of their education, tracking their achievement along the way.

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A new program through the West Virginia Department of Education is taking state government issued computers and turning them into training tools for students of all ages.

The WVDE introduced the program Friday called Second Launch WV, a partnership with the West Virginia Office of Technology.

Second Launch takes computers that are being cycled out of use at state agencies, like the Department of Corrections or Division of Highways, cleans out their databases and places the refurbished desktops in classrooms across the state.

  Studies show homeschooling is becoming more popular in the U.S. — a trend that West Virginia is following. Advocates are hoping bills recently introduced in the state Legislature will make homeschooling easier. 

  There were about 7,000 children home-schooled in West Virginia during the 2010 academic year. That number rose to about 9,000 in 2013, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. 

A study by the National Center for Education Statistics says almost two million children, or three and a half percent of the U.S. school-age population, were home-schooled in 2012. That’s up from about three percent in 2007. 


The Fayette County Board of Education is seeking state approval to inspect all of the district's school buildings.

The request comes in the wake of the Jan. 12 closure of Collins Middle School's main building because of safety concerns. A month earlier, a building housing the school's gym and a school-based health clinic was closed.

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  A report by the Virginia State Inspector General says a former state education administrator misused public funds and falsified travel records.

The Charleston Gazette obtained a copy of the report. The newspaper says the allegations against Tammy McGraw include awarding contracts without soliciting competitive bids.

McGraw's lawyer, John Wooton, tells the newspaper that the report omitted things that explained or contradicted the findings.

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Bullying and harassment in schools was the topic of discussion during the Joint Standing Committee on Education yesterday.

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  A principal in Mercer County has been honored as one of the nation's top educators.

Princeton Primary School Principal Ernie Adkins received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation on Thursday.

The West Virginia Department of Education says Adkins learned that he was a recipient of the award during a surprise school-wide assembly.

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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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  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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  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.