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UC enrollment at all-time high


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Enrollment at the University of Charleston is at an all-time high.

The private school currently enrolls 1,895 full-time students — an increase of about 36 percent over the past two...

Switch to online testing delays WESTEST scores


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s teachers had to wait longer than ever to receive their students’ standardized test scores this year because of requirements tied to the state’s transition t...

Feds probe W.Va. college over sexual hazing charges by ex-baseball player


The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Davis & Elkins College after complaints arose regarding hazing and sexual harassment involving the school’s baseball team.


Policy strengthens student absence rules


A new state policy will give school districts more power to hold families accountable for student attendance.

The state Board of Education placed Policy 4110 on public comment on Thursday, which will allow school o...

W.Va. school reform ‘stars aligned’: Plan puts RESAs in charge of management, money


The West Virginia Board of Education is considering major reform for the state’s school system, which would change the way local school districts operate.

Education leaders are examining ways to restructure...

Reading, English scores give education leaders hope for change


While West Virginia students who took the ACT in 2014 scored below the national average when it comes to total composite scores, slightly above-average scores in English and reading are giving state education leaders hop...

Ex-WVU professor lied on rèsumè, NBC News says


West Virginia University officials are not releasing details about allegations that a former professor in the university’s School of Public Health was hired with false credentials.

According to

UC opens new healthcare center


A new healthcare center at the University of Charleston will provide primary care, behavioral health treatment and pharmacy services to students, staff and community members.

Advance Healthcare at UC is a new part...

Highland Hospital to open children’s facility


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Highland Hospital plans to open a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children, with hopes that fewer families will have to travel out of state for services.

Between 300 and 50...

West Virginia women rank last for salary, employment


West Virginia women make less money than most other women in the country, according to a report released Thursday.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research ranked West Virginia last in the United States wh...

WVSU improves enrollment, retention rates


Enrollment at West Virginia State University is continuing to increase, according to school officials.

Fall enrollment has increased by more than 6 percent at WVSU since last fall, putting current enrollment at nea...

W.Va. school board wants Marple lawsuit dismissed


In a court hearing Wednesday, counsel representing the West Virginia Board of Education asked that all claims by former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple regarding her termination be dismisse...

Some Kanawha schools’ A/C still failing


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Problems with air conditioning systems in Kanawha County Schools are continuing, but school officials say they don’t regret starting the school year earlier than in years past.


W.Va. colleges make cuts to deal with less taxpayer funding


Colleges across West Virginia are firing employees, eliminating and merging positions and making other cutbacks to compensate for a reduction of more than $42 million in state funding for higher educ...

Parent involvement committee meets for first time


Kanawha County School parents and educators hope that a new committee will give new life to legislation created decades ago that was meant to bolster parent voices and break down barriers between school administrators, t...

WVU’s Eberly dean headed to Clemson


Almasy, who has served as interim dean of Eberly three times before, will replace outgoing dean Bob Jones on Sept. 16.

Jones, a biology professor who served as dean of the Eberly College for four years, is headed ...

Report: W.Va. students start school day too early


Middle school and high school students should not be expected in class any earlier than 8:30 a.m. in order to avoid mental and physical health problems, according to a national report released Monday.

About 43 perc...

WVSU fires employees, eliminates positions, considers more cost-saving


West Virginia State University has fired 10 employees and is considering more cost-saving measures.

School officials announced the layoffs earlier this month and also eliminated 15 already vacant positions.

W.Va. teacher unions want more flexible evaluations


The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that some states can delay requirements that tie teacher evaluations to student test scores — but West Virginia is a step ahead.

U.S. Department of Educat...

Plan for rehab center near Capital High elicits anger


Capital High School parents and community members are concerned about plans for a drug rehabilitation center to be built near the school.

The Kanawha County school board voted Tuesday to donate 50 acres of school ...

Rehab center to be located on Capital High property


Officials have named a Charleston location for the T-Center, a one-of-a-kind residential drug rehabilitation facility first announced in March.

The Kanawha County Board of Education Tuesday evening voted to donate...

Party school label not only high ranking for WVU


The first day of class at West Virginia University is today, and school officials are hoping students are excited about other rankings outside of its continuous party school reputation.

Earlier this month, The Pri...

‘15 to Finish’ campaign urges students to graduate on time


College students need to take 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time for financial aid and other purposes -- but state education officials don’t think that’s enough.

The West Virginia...

Role of W.Va. school principals could change


The West Virginia Board of Education is looking to redesign the role of school principals in the Mountain State.

A report compiled by ICF International, a consulting firm based in Virginia with offices in Charlest...

‘Oh, it’s gorgeous’: WVSU dedicates first new dorm in decades


Judge Damon Keith’s eyes lit up Wednesday as he got a tour of his namesake — the first residence hall to be built on West Virginia State University’s campus since 1969.

“Oh, it’s...

BOE member starts parent involvement committee


Kanawha County School Board member Ryan White has created a “parent involvement committee” that aims to turn around low student achievement and other problems in the school system through community events a...

Library launches levy campaign


Kanawha County Public Library officials are hoping that despite some high-profile races on November’s ballot, residents will remember to support a levy to keep the library financially afloat.

The levy, up ...

Kanawha County Schools to unveil new website, phone app


Kanawha County School students and their families can expect to be better informed this school year, thanks to a new website and smartphone application currently in the works.

The new KCS website will not only pro...

Day care fights to stay afloat


A Charleston day care is struggling to stay afloat after nearly 40 years of service.

The Good Shepherd Child Development Center is hoping the community will lend a hand in helping with unexpected costs associated ...

As school starts, more teachers needed to fill holes


In 2012, at least 1,850 teachers retired in West Virginia —about 230 more than the state saw in 2008, according to the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

Those numbers don’t include members o...

Reconnecting McDowell to build teacher housing


Long-vacant buildings in Welch will be demolished and replaced with new housing for teachers, under a plan approved Wednesday by the Reconnecting McDowell board of directors.

The board voted to raze the Best Furnit...

Policy allows major changes to make up canceled days


The Kanawha County Board of Education is warning parents ahead of time that if it is forced to cancel class for inclement weather or other reasons, the school year may last longer than ever before, and previously schedul...

Some W.Va. colleges face stricter regulations after MSU controversy


Because Mountain State University was forced to close in 2012, West Virginia higher education officials are exercising more supervision over the state’s colleges, and providing more information to the public about...

WVU’s Gee rolls into Spencer during 55-county tour


By Mackenzie Mays

Staff writer

SPENCER — At the Roane County Library on Thursday, Gordon Gee got a basket stuffed with local honey, jam and a Black Wal...

New Edgewood school a learning tool in itself


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While Kanawha County’s newest school, Edgewood Elementary, is still under construction, exposed parts of the walls that show the building’s inner workings won’t be covered ...

Brain food: School vending machine offers books


Bonnie McClung watches a vending machine every morning at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School, hoping the students make the right choice.

There are no Cheetos in there. No candy bars. There are a few healthy s...

WVSU helps answer some what-ifs with active-shooter drill


INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Members of the State Police, the Nitro Police, the Institute Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency personnel swarmed West Virginia State University...

UC partners with BridgeValley


Students at BridgeValley Community and Technical College who want to continue their education can now easily transition to the University of Charleston to receive their bachelor’s degree.

UC and BCTC —...

W.Va. ranked low for preschool access


While West Virginia’s universal preschool program has been nationally recognized, a report being released today ranks the state’s program among the worst in the country because it provides access only to 4-...

More colleges turn away from entrance exams


Half of West Virginia’s public four-year colleges do not consider ACT or SAT scores for admission.

As more and more colleges across the country adopt a ...