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Country music star and West Virginia native Brad Paisley toured flood damaged areas of Kanawha County Thursday after committed to help the region recover from catastrophic flooding.

The floods, which left 10 counties named federal disaster areas, killed 23 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. 

PBS Kids provides content to help parents and caregivers cope with emergency situations.  There are also tools to make sure there is an emergency plan in place.  These topics can be difficult to talk about, but with the help of characters such as Daniel Tiger and Arthur, there is a framework in which to have that discussion.

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West Virginia University School of Nursing is using a $1.2 million federal grant to train advance practice nursing students.

The university says the three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will be used to implement the "Improving Nursing Scholarship, Practice, Innovation, Research and Education to Care for WV," or INSPIRE to Care for WV project.

52 Reasons to Keep Education and the Arts in W.Va.

Jun 14, 2016

During the recent budget showdown, several House lawmakers proposed eliminating the Office for Education and the Arts. It’s a cabinet-level position that oversees several groups, including the Educational Broadcasting Authority, which is the legal name for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

At the time of this writing, it appears the effort to eliminate Education and the Arts will fail. But lawmakers promise to bring it back next year. They say the department duplicates functions performed by other agencies.

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While the House took up the budget Monday, the Senate passed a bill that puts a little more than $2 million from state reserves into the Boone County Board of Education.

Senate Bill 1010 is a supplemental appropriation that would take money from general revenue and state reserves to help the Boone County school system get back on its feet after a decline in tax revenue this fiscal year.

ArtVoiceWV is a new collection of artist videos and corresponding art lesson plans on West Virginia LearningMedia.  After receiving positive reviews of our In the Making Collection, a similar project which

The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to adopt an amendment to its accountability policy that will give schools A through F grades.

The board said in a news release that it approved the revised policy at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

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When lawmakers return to Charleston Sunday, they won’t just be considering the budget bill. Members of both chambers will also consider another piece of legislation left floating when they left town on June 2.

 

House Bill 119, also known as Senate Bill 1010, was placed on the expanded special session call by Gov. Tomblin earlier this month. The bill looks to take a little more than $2 million from state reserves for the Boone County Board of Education.

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Demolition will start soon on two buildings to clear the way for new apartments for teachers in a blighted southern West Virginia community.

A news release says the Best Furniture and Katzen buildings in downtown Welch will be torn down starting Thursday.

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Is your school-aged son or daughter a master at minecraft? Then the West Virginia Department of Education has the contest for you.

The state department and Governor Tomblin’s Office are teaming up to sponsor a minecraft building competition, looking for a master builder who can recreate both the interior and exterior of West Virginia’s state Capitol or design a new Capitol complex on his or her own.

WVPB and The Charleston Town Center Mall are bringing PBS Kids favorite, Daniel Tiger, to the mall on Monday, June 20 as part of FestivAll.  Daniel will be at the Picnic Place in the Mall from 11a to 1p. To let young Daniel Tiger fans know they are part of the community, we will be asking them to complete a simple form to let us know what they are doing to help others in their neighborhood.  We will share some of the responses of these young citizens in a future post.

On Saturday WVPB | Education joined with the Clay Center to present "A Summer of Science Bash" with a special appearance from PBS Kids perennial favorite, "Sid the Science Kid."

Over 300 children and their parents spent the day practicing hands on science projects and exploring a new Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit which will be open through the summer. 

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We recently announced our 2016 Writers Contest winners.  Now you can read their stories and enter amazing worlds including Lollipop Land, Ducktopia and a dragon paradise.  There are also lovely stories of caring and compassion; a reflection on a grandfather or how kindness can tame a bully.

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Last week, Davis and Elkins College graduated its first class of students that includes members of its touring string band and dance ensemble. The Appalachian Ensemble works a lot like a college sports team- the players, in this case musicians and flatfoot dancers, earn scholarships.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting brought Super Why ? and friends to welcome visitors to the Raleigh County Small Fry Expo on Thursday May 19.  The crew was there to say hello to the over 200 children and adults who came to participate in activities geared to ready children registering for school for the first time.  Joining them in the day's activities was the West Virginia Mountaineer.  
 

WVPB and the Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley joined forces on Saturday, April 30 to provide a great community day for families in Wheeling.

Rockefeller Family

The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education at Shepherd University will host a special screening of WVPB’s documentary Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey, Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.).

The film, which examines the life and public career of John D. Rockefeller, IV, explores why the heir to one of the nation’s largest family fortunes would come to one of the poorest states in the nation – and stay.

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A report released Monday by NPR tracks the amount of money spent on each student across the country by county. But representatives of the West Virginia Department of Education say the data reported doesn’t add up in West Virginia.

NPR and the national publication Education Week attribute their spending numbers to the U.S. Census Bureau. Their map says in West Virginia, McDowell County spent the most at $14,000 per student in 2013. Jefferson County, according to the map, spent the least per pupil at around $8,000.

But Amy Willard, Executive Director of School Finance for the West Virginia Department of Education, says the numbers don’t match state spending records.

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West Virginia LearningMedia   is a constant go to spot for digital educational resources for the classroom.  Make learning come alive with some images from the very first Earth Day or take a peak at how climate change is affecting our planet.  Sometimes all it takes is a short video clip to engage your students and by providing them with an image of the lesson you are teaching the concepts stay with them.Looking for a way to engage students, choose a topic, explore LearningMedia and see what you can bring to the classroom.We have chosen a few of

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