New President
10:15 am
Fri December 19, 2014

W.Va. Northern Community College Names President


Vicki Riley has been named as president of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Riley has served as the school's vice president of academic affairs since January 2008.

The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education appointed Riley to the president's job on Thursday.

Riley's appointment is effective Jan. 6. She will replace Martin J. Olshinsky, who is retiring.

She previously served as special assistant to the chancellor for the community and technical college council and as president of Marshall Community and Technical College.

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West Virginia Morning
9:04 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Has Harsh Words for Most CIA Directors

On West Virginia Morning, Sen. Jay Rockefeller has harsh words for many of the CIA Directors he’s known.  Beth Vorhees continues her conversation with the senator about the CIA torture report released last week.  Also, a report about the Common Core curriculum.

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1:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Yes or No to Common Core? W.Va. Isn't Sure.

A box of the yellow t-shirts worn by many anti-Common Core citizens.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Common Core is an educational initiative that has been in news headlines lately due to some controversy surrounding it. At the State Capitol yesterday, Delegates, Senators, and public met on the House floor to hear from eight representatives either for or against Common Core.

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School Construction
9:36 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Nine Counties to Receive Funding for School Construction Projects


Nine counties will receive state funding for school construction projects.

The largest award, $1 million, will go to Berkeley County to add six classrooms to Potomack Intermediate School near Martinsburg.

Greenbrier, Wirt, Gilmer, Marion, Ohio, Fayette, Upshur and Lincoln will receive smaller grants for projects.

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10:39 am
Fri December 12, 2014

W.Va. Girls Scouts Promoting STEM Education

Credit / Girl Scouts

The Girls Scouts council in West Virginia is implementing a program to promote science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council says the program called "Imagine Your STEM Future" will work to inspire more girls to pursue education and careers in those fields.

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10:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Former Superintendent Case Heading to W.Va. Supreme Court


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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Public Education
6:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

W.Va. Board OKs Plan for More Flexible School Days

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin
Credit West Virginia Department of Education

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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School Evacuation
4:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Huntington High Evacuated After Firework Type Device Found

School bus arrives to evacuate Huntington High students.
Credit Clark Davis

Huntington Police evacuated Huntington High school Thursday afternoon after school administrators received reports that a student had an explosive device.

Late Thursday morning Huntington Police were called to the high school because of a report of a firework type device found in the possession of a juvenile. The student had shown the device to another juvenile who reported it. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the onsite resource officer, who is a member of the Huntington Police Department arrested the individual. The device was then recovered and rendered inert. 

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Public Education
11:54 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Common Core: Educators Say Yes, Lawmakers Aren't Sure

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano speaking to the west Virginia Board of Education.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the state Board of Education heard directly from teachers this month about the development and the implementation of the state’s Next Generation Standards. Those standards are West Virginia’s version of Common Core.

“So, today is a moment for us to pause as a state to reflect on where we are with our education reform and our educational progress,” State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano said during the board’s meeting Wednesday.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Republicans Pledge to Work Together

On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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Higher Education
11:59 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Adult Education Opportunities Expanding in W.Va.

Credit Aravind Sivaraj / wikimedia Commons

A nearly $500,000 federal grant is set to expand adult education opportunities across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Network says it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

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Higher Education
3:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WVU Revokes Charter from Second Fraternity

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West Virginia University says a second fraternity has had its charter revoked by its national office.

The Morgantown school said Thursday that Beta Theta Pi has informed the university that the local chapter's charter had been pulled "based on past behavior issues."

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move comes after Kappa Sigma fraternity's national office informed WVU last week that the school's chapter had been suspended since mid-October.

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Top Professor
3:36 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Marshall Professor Earns Honor as Top Professor in State

Credit Marshall University Communications

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Kateryna Schray as the 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year.

Schray was among nearly 400 top professors in the United States who were finalists. Schray, an English professor, describes her teaching philosophy as “embarrassingly simple.”

Schray is in Washington D.C. today where the national and state winners are being announced and honored at an awards luncheon at the National Press Club. She also will be attending an evening congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Shepherd Tuition
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Shepherd Board Approves Tuition Hike

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In-state students at Shepherd University will pay higher tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year.

But out-of-state student tuition will remain at the current level.

Shepherd's board of governors approved a 3.96 in-state tuition increase for undergraduates last week. Undergraduate in-state tuition will increase from $3,285 to $3,415 per semester. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition will remain at $8,314 per semester. Board members also approved a 2.19 percent average increase in room rates, and a 1.97 average increase in meal plans.

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Local Control
11:25 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

State BOE Updated on Fayette County Intervention

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano receive a report during the board's November meeting.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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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Higher Education
11:43 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Enrollment Down at W.Va. Four-Year Institutions


Fall enrollment is down at most of West Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities. The Charleston Gazette says state figures show about 65,400 students are enrolled in public four-year schools. That's down 1.6 percent from the fall of 2013.

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A Senator's Legacy
8:06 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Rockefeller Honored with School of Policy, Politics in His Name

Dr. Scott Crichlow, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, President Gordon Gee and Sen. Joe Manchin at West Virginia University's Wise Library.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Some 2,000 boxes of documents, 500 gigabytes of data and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia now have a new home at West Virginia University after President E. Gordon Gee and Senator Jay Rockefeller announced Saturday the university's library will serve as Rockefeller's official Senatorial archive.

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School Safety
3:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cabell County Schools to Implement New Safety Procedures


Just days after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High school in Washington, the Cabell County Board of Education announced a new plan to deal with the same type of situation in their facilities.

Starting later this week and next Cabell County schools will change the way teachers and students respond to a possible intruder in their school. While the schools had some procedures before, they’ve now adopted the ALICE Principles, expanding their response. ALICE stands for:

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2:02 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Bethany College Suing U.S. Government

Bethany College
Credit Nyttend / wikimedia commons

A private West Virginia college is suing the U.S. government over funds seized during a theft investigation.

Bethany College is seeking $262,020 in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in West Virginia's Northern District. The complaint alleges the cash was forfeited to investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The complaint says the money should be set aside for the college.

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Expeditionary Learning
4:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Demolition and Renovation Begins on Expeditionary School

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Expeditionary education refers specifically to learning associated with exploration and hands-on experiences. An expeditionary learning school planned for Cabell County has already undergone some changes even before the doors open.

The original plan was to have the middle school ready to become an expeditionary school that would combine the two local elementary schools, Geneva Kent and Peyton, by August 2015.

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