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Pearl Buck collection moves to WVU

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Renowned author Pearl S. Buck left West Virginia as a baby, and spent most of her life in China.

But her decision to leave behind nearly every trace of her literary legacy to the state of West Virginia speaks volu...

WVU expels students for involvement in riots

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Three West Virginia University students were expelled Thursday for their involvement in riots across campus following WVU’s football win against Baylor on Saturday.

The three are among 14 WVU students charge...

Despite money problems, library to hold annual book sale

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The Kanawha County Public Library’s annual book sale will go on despite the library’s unsure financial future.

The book sale, scheduled for Saturday, will feature more than 1,100 boxes of books rangi...

Education summit focuses on technology, equal opportunity

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When the World Wide Web was introduced more than 20 years ago, schools started to change.

When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, they changed even more.

About 200,000 online learning applications have been ...

School board continues to debate need for spokesperson

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Newest Kanawha school board member Ryan White is continuing to pitch new ideas for the school system, and veteran school board member Pete Thaw is continuing to shut them down.

The board continued to debate on Thu...

WVU student takes sexual assault story to Facebook

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The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible sexual assault case involving a West Virginia University student who has taken her story online.

In a Facebook video posted last month, WVU...

School boards proposal shifts duties to RESAs

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State education officials say a new “balanced governance” plan will redirect money back into West Virginia’s classrooms by eliminating positions in school board offices acr...

Library launches new website before levy election

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As the levy election nears, the Kanawha County Public Library is working on some re-branding.

The library’s new website will launch next week and in addition to a major aesthetic redesign, will also be more...

Report links discipline to test scores in W.Va.

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The more that students in West Virginia are disciplined in school, the more likely they are to do poorly in academics, a new report shows.

“A growing body of research provides evidence of a link between scho...

WVSU raises $10 million for capital campaign

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West Virginia State University has raised more than $10 million as part of its first-ever capital campaign.

WVSU President Brian Hemphill was scheduled to make the announcement Saturday following the school...

WVSU unveils new energy, environment research center

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In his State of the University address on Thursday, West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill introduced a new center that will conduct research and outreach initiatives focused on energy use and the enviro...

Longtime state school board member retires; second seat remains open

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A seat on the West Virginia Board of Education opened up Thursday – and a second seat remains unfilled nearly two years after it opened.

Robert Dunlevy, of Ohio County, attended his last state school board m...

Martirano pledges “world-class education” in W.Va.

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New West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano unveiled his vision for the public school system Wednesday, pledging to provide all students in the state with “a world-class educ...

Students attend college fair at Civic Center

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Isabelle Harper made her way to the Air Force booth at the Charleston Civic Center to learn more about her options, but she hasn’t yet made up her mind.

Like many high school seniors attending the state ...

SAT scores up, but fewer students take test

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — SAT scores in West Virginia are better than last year, but not as many students are actually taking the test.

While students scored higher across the board in 2014 than students the year ...

West Side to house Expeditionary Learning schools

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Some schools on Charleston’s West Side could soon change the way students learn and interact in classrooms.

The Kanawha County Board of Education is hoping to turn the low-achieving Mary C. Snow West Side E...

WVU’s Gee sets goal to enroll 40,000

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee insisted that WVU is not a party school in his State of the University address on Monday, despite the school’s long history with that label....

St. Albans tackles truancy with intervention court

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If students in St. Albans area schools miss too much class, they have to go to court. But it’s not what you think.

The city has implemented its own truancy c...

5k helps Concord be student veteran friendly

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On Saturday, people will run across Concord University’s campus donning capes, dressed as their favorite super heroes.

But Batman and Superman aren’t the types of heroes today’s 5k race is for....

New schools superintendent to focus on attendance, graduation rates, teacher pay

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Michael Martirano has been West Virginia’s superintendent of schools for less than a month and admits he’s still trying to figure out the state’s struggling school system, but he has a plan.

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State wants to redefine ‘full-time’ college status

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Federal financial guidelines require a college student to take 12 credit hours each semester in order to be a labeled full-time student, but more and more education officials say that’s not enough if students want...

Library officials hope new levy will succeed

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Public Library officials are hoping that on Election Day, voters will realize the library levy they see on the ballot this time around is not the same as last year’s.

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Charleston beauty school could lose federal financial aid for students

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The Charleston School of Beauty Culture is in danger of losing its federal financial aid for students.

The school is the only one in West Virginia that’s at risk of having funding pulled because too many stu...

WVU re-accredited, but Tech nursing school flagged

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West Virginia University has officially been re-accredited, affirming the school’s academic programs until its next Higher Learning Commission review in 2023.

However, the HLC — which oversees colleg...

W.Va. gets $21 million for college prep programs

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded West Virginia $21 million to help prepare students for college and the workforce.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant w...

1 in 3 students in W.Va. is truant

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Nearly one in three public school students in West Virginia missed at least five days of class last year without an excuse, according to data from the state Department of Education. That marks those students as truant, w...

UC enrollment at all-time high

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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 years, according to UC off...

Switch to online testing delays WESTEST scores

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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

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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.

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Policy strengthens student absence rules

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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UC opens new healthcare center

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Par...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...