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Public Education
9:51 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

W.Va. Senate Clears Bill to Create Charter Schools

Sen. Ed Gaunch during a morning floor session. In the afternoon, Gaunch spoke strongly in favor of allowing charter schools in West Virginia.
Credit Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Members of the Senate approved a bill Monday evening that allows for the creation or conversion of a public school to a public charter school in West Virginia.

A public charter school is a school that uses government funding, but is not overseen by the county Board of Education, giving the school's administrators and teachers more flexibility in how they deliver education. The schools, however, are subject to state education standards. 

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Public Education
6:36 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Senate Begins Debate Over Common Core Repeal

Credit Martin Valent / WV Legislative Photography

Members of the West Virginia Senate began discussing a bill Monday that, if approved, would repeal Common Core standards in West Virginia. The legislation passed the state House of Delegates Saturday.

House Bill 2934 calls on the West Virginia Department of Education to repeal the Common Core standards adopted in 2010 for math and language arts. It then requires the board, along with the state Department of Education, to draft new standards.

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Black History
4:59 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Grant to Help History App Strengthen Black History Offerings

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  A team at Marshall University has received a Knight News Challenge Grant to take a smart phone or mobile device history app and improve its black history offerings.

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West Liberty
9:57 am
Thu February 19, 2015

West Liberty Committee to Discuss Complaint Against President

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West Liberty University's Board of Governors is expected to meet soon to discuss its options regarding an ethics complaint against the school's president.

Media outlets report that the board's executive committee met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the complaint against West Liberty President Robin Capehart. Board chairman George Couch says the board's legal counsel gave the committee an update. He didn't provide details.

Couch says the full board likely will hold a special meeting in the next week to 10 days.

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Legislature
5:13 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Passes Bill Transferring Children's Health Insurance Program Operations to DHHR

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Since it was created by the legislature in 1998, the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP has covered thousands of children and teens under age 19. 

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Education
1:32 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

How Will Climate Change be Taught in West Virginia Public Schools? Public Comment Period Draws Close

Four students from Marshall University spoke to the board- Caitlyn Grimes (L), Jenna Atkins, Jake Waldman and Matt Jarvis. The students are not science majors, but they are mentored by a group called CFACT and deny climate change as a proven scientific fact.
Credit Roxy Todd

During January’s West Virginia Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to withdraw a controversial new policy that addresses how science teachers should teach climate change to public school students.

Folks have until 4:00 pm Tuesday February 17th, to weigh in on this new policy.

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Hazing Death
3:47 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Second WVU Faternity Member Charged

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A second West Virginia University fraternity member faces hazing-related misdemeanors following the November death of a student.

Twenty-one-year-old Jordon

  Parrish Hankins of Hightstown, New Jersey, was arraigned on hazing and conspiracy to commit hazing charges Friday in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

Earlier this week, 20-year-old Richard William Schwartz of Williamsville, New York, was charged with the same counts.

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Standardized Testing
10:05 am
Fri February 13, 2015

School Board Approves Reducing Standardized Testing

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The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a measure to eliminate statewide standardized testing in social studies and reducing examinations in science. 

The Charleston Gazette reports that the board approved the measure on Thursday along with several other changes.

While the move will only applies to testing this spring, the board could approve a more permanent reduction in the future.

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The Legislature Today
6:29 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

DEP Secretary Responds to New Storage Tank Bill

  At the legislature today, legislation limiting abortions is on its way to the Senate after the House passed the bill overwhelmingly today.  Uber, the international car service, wants to do business in West Virginia, but legislators have concerns.  And we’ll talk with the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection about the bill to roll back the aboveground storage tank law on The Legislature Today.

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Teacher Certification
9:41 am
Wed February 11, 2015

House Approves Bill on Teacher Certification

Credit West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia House lawmakers have approved a bill opening up teacher certification to more people without education degrees.

The push is aimed at allowing programs like Teach For America to start up in the state.

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 60-35 in favor of the reform.

Bill proponents said the option would be essential to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies across the state.

Opponents said formal education training prepares teachers for situations they otherwise may not be able to handle.

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Legislature
7:11 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Education and Workers' Comp Debated on the House Floor

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Coal mine safety was on the minds of Democrats in the house Tuesday; that issue was House Bill 2011, dealing with deliberate intent.  The measure doesn’t address mine safety standards, but those opposed to the bill said it will hurt miners.

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The Legislature Today
6:44 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Coal Mine Safety Debated in House and Senate

At the legislature today, emotional debate in both houses as the Senate takes up the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015. In the House, Delegates focused on the legal remedies those hurt or killed in a mining accident will have. And we'll talk with Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick about his plans to grow the state's economy on The Legislature Today.

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University of Charleston
2:10 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Probation Lifted for UC Pharmacy School

The University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy is no longer on probation.

The university says the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's Board of Directors lifted the probation last week. The board restored the pharmacy program's full accreditation.

The council had placed the pharmacy school on a two-year probationary status in July 2014. The council said the school was noncompliant with a standard requiring that an accredited school be headed by a dean, collaborate with the larger university, and be autonomous.

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Capital High School
2:05 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Principal Resigns Amid Charges

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  A Kanawha County principal has resigned after being charged with failing to report an alleged sexual assault.

The Kanawha county Board of Education accepted Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles' resignation on Monday.

Giles was suspended on Feb. 3 after prosecutors filed the misdemeanor charge against him in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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Legislature
4:05 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Addition of Parents on the Education Board Has Overwhelming Support in the House

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Anyone visiting the state capitol who is licensed to carry concealed weapons would be allowed to keep loaded firearms in their motor vehicles that are parked near the complex. This bill overwhelmingly passed the house Thursday.

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McDowell County
1:41 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

In Rural West Virginia, Schools Help Grandparents who are Parenting for the Second Time

Jamie Mathis is raising both of her grandsons. In McDowell County, West Virginia, schools estimate up to 45 percent of children are living apart from their mothers and fathers
Credit PBS Newshour

In the rural West Virginia county of McDowell County, almost half of all children live apart from their parents. Families have splintered in the face of economic and social troubles, leaving many grandparents to take on the role of parenting. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters visits to see how public schools are supporting these caretakers to improve kids’ lives.

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Alleged Assault
1:54 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Capital Principal Charged with Misdemeanor

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 Prosecutors have charged a Kanawha County principal with failing to report an alleged sexual assault at his school.

Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles was charged with the misdemeanor in an information filed Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Giles didn't immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.

A 15-year-old female student told a counselor at the school on Jan. 26 that she was sexually assaulted. Charleston police later charged a 17-year-old male student with second-degree sexual assault.

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Kanawha School Board
10:06 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Kanawha County School Board Settles Lawsuit

 The Kanawha County Board of Education is settling a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired in 2005.

The board agreed Monday to pay $149,000 in back wages to Nitro High School history teacher Robert Fulmer.

Fulmer was fired in 2005 after a former student accused him of sexually assaulting her. She later recanted the allegations and Fulmer was rehired in 2008. He filed the lawsuit in 2009.

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Documentary Premiere
3:09 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

The First 1,000 Days: Watch Now

The First 1,000 Days is a new TV documentary that explains the science and techniques that build healthy brain architecture during the first 3 years. You can watch 1,000 Days on demand through our website.

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High School Sports
2:33 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

WVSSAC Director Gary Ray to Retire

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The executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is retiring.

Gary Ray will step down next January after more than eight years as head of the agency that oversees interscholastic athletics, cheerleading and band activities among its member schools.

The SSAC board of directors accepted Ray's retirement at a meeting Wednesday. A search will begin soon for Ray's replacement.

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