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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. 

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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.

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  A watchdog group says the state Department of Education has paid more than $63,000 to its legal counsel in response to lawsuits by former state schools Superintendent Jorea Marple.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse released the findings Tuesday. The group had filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the department and the state Board of Risk and Insurance Management about fees paid to a Charleston law firm since November 2013.

  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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  The average score of West Virginia students taking the ACT college entrance exam remained the same for the fourth straight year.

The state Department of Education says overall test scores in West Virginia this year averaged 20.6.

Students showed a slight improvement in reading scores at 21.4. Scores were unchanged in science at 20.6 and math at 19.5, while English scores dipped slightly to 20.4.

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More than $60,000 is headed to the West Virginia Department of Education to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-income students taking advanced placement tests.

The funding is part of more than $28 million that the U.S. Department of Education awarded to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.

The grant payments are based on the anticipated number of test-takers, among other factors.

Federal education officials say the payments should be sufficient to cover all but $18 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by a low-income student.

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The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rate has been increasing and is up to 80 percent. But only 56 percent of students are college bound.  How to improve those rates, and defining what “college-bound” really means were among the discussions at the fourth annual Student Success Summit in Morgantown last week. 


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West Virginia got a glimpse of its newly appointed superintendent of schools Tuesday when Dr. Michael Martirano was introduced to a crowd of state employees and members of the media.

The appointment comes more than year into Governor Tomblin’s mission to strengthen public education in the state.

Construction of a new $12 million elementary school in McDowell County is expected to begin after crews stabilize a riverbank that partially collapsed earlier this year.

Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that demolition of the old Iaeger Elementary School has been completed. He says large rocks from the construction area are being used to help stabilize the bank.
 

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