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W.Va. state school board unites to oppose Common Core repeal


West Virginia Board of Education members announced their unanimous opposition Friday to a bill that would repeal Common Core math and English/language arts standards in the state, and possibly throw ...

After 15 years, first lady retiring from college presidency


West Virginia’s first lady is retiring on June 30 from her longtime position as president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Joanne Jaeger Tomblin told the Gazette she announced her ...

Prosecutor reconsidering case against former Capital High principal


Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney said Friday he’s reconsidering the case against Capital High School’s former principal, who’s charged with failing to properly report a sexual assault at ...

Judges OK more than $11.3 million payout to former MSU students


Former Mountain State University students will receive a more than $11.3 million payout from the school, which many of them sued for not providing them a worthy education before it closed.

Three judges on a mass li...

House Education Committee passes bill to repeal Common Core


In a bipartisan voice vote with few nays sounded, the House of Delegates Education Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would repeal Common Core-based education standards in West Virginia.

The legislation, whi...

Kanawha school board votes 3-2 to adopt calendar


The Kanawha County school board voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a 2015-16 calendar almost identical to this school year’s.

Aug. 5 will be the first day for teachers and Aug. 10 the first day for students. The ...

W.Va. Dept. of Education still hasn’t answered science standards questions


West Virginia Department of Education officials still haven’t answered questions on who there specifically signed off on controversial, and now-retracted, modifications to proposed new standards on teaching climat...

For 30 years, naming the best professors in West Virginia


Kateryna Schray, a Marshall University English professor specializing in Medieval literature, said she felt like a “heroine in a fairy tale” when the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia named her the ...

Using rare maneuver, Democrats kill charter schools bill


After a bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia appeared on the Senate Education Committee’s agenda a dozen times, Democrats permanently shot it down Monday during its first hearing before the Senate Financ...

Kanawha schools call 2-hour delay, despite saying they were gone


Despite officials saying earlier this winter that they would no longer call 2-hour delays, Kanawha County school officials called one Monday.

Superintendent Ron Duerring said he made the decision because roads wer...

WVU decision on MSU purchase to come by mid-March


West Virginia University announced Friday that its final decision on purchasing Mountain State University’s Beckley campus will come by mid-March.

At its meeting Friday, the school’s Board of Governo...

Big Chimney man charged with murder


A Big Chimney man has been arrested and charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a man to death Wednesday night, police say.

Thomas Elton Fluty Jr., 59, was in South Central Regional Jail on Thursday with no bai...

Man outruns train derailment: ‘The house was blowing up behind me’


BOOMER — It’s rare a man can say he’s glad his wife is in the hospital, but it’s also not every day a train destroys his home.


Senate Education Committee approves charter schools bill


The West Virginia Senate Education Committee finally approved a charter schools bill Tuesday night, moving past an issue that appeared on its agenda a dozen times.

All seven Republicans present voted for acceptin...

Giles’ retirement is safe


The substantial retirement benefits for Capital High School’s former principal are safe, no matter the outcome of the current case against him, according to the head of the state’s retirement systems.


State school board approves reducing standardized testing


The West Virginia Board of Education Thursday approved a measure eliminating statewide standardized testing in social studies and reducing examinations in science, among several major education changes.

The board ...

W.Va. Department of Education wants less standardized testing


The West Virginia Department of Education wants the state school board to, at least temporarily, reduce statewide standardized testing and allow math classes to be taught in the order they were before the movement to Com...

2 WVU fraternities suspended in latest Greek Life incident


West Virginia University says two fraternities were suspended from all activities Monday afternoon after they allegedly violated occupancy limits during events over the weekend — the latest in a string of incident...

UC pharmacy school off accreditation probation


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has taken the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy off probation.

In July, the council placed the pharmacy school’s...

Capital High principal retires


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Capital High School Principal Clinton H. Giles has retired, after being charged last week with failing to immediately report an alleged sexual assault at his school.

Giles — who le...

Putnam prosecutor: Guantanamo detainees can ‘rot in hell’


A West Virginia prosecutor whom the U.S. government has invited several times to observe legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrote Friday that the detainees there “can rot in hell as far as I am concerned.&...

New WVU student life leader brings extensive experience


West Virginia University has a new leader to oversee everything from campus dining and housing, to the college newspaper and radio station, to student entertainment and Greek life.

William D. Schafer, 62, currently...

Program increases exercise in state’s least healthy county


A project aims to improve kids’ health in southern West Virginia using exercise equipment and by promoting Zumba, Dance Dance Revolution and even Tchoukball.

Since it was founded in January 2013 with funding...

Capital High suspends student accused of rape


A student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at Capital High School last week has been suspended from school.

On Jan. 26, the 17-year-old male allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl in a school stairwe...

School officials want to ensure students take exams


A new statewide standardized test will replace the Westest this spring, and school officials are considering methods, including punishments, to ensure enough students take it to produce reliable data.

Proposed ru...

Kanawha to pay fired teacher $149,000


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County school board voted Monday to pay $149,000 to a teacher who was fired based on a sexual assault allegation from a student who later recanted, the district’s general cou...

Lottery snafus make teachers’ bad luck worse


Five teachers sat on one side of the Kanawha County school board room Friday about to have the fate of their jobs determined by a game of chance — for the third time in two days.

No matter what their ré...

Sponsors see issues in history education bill


Eleven Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates are backing an amendment to an education law that allows school workers to face charges and potential job loss if they teach “politic...

State community college chancellor to leave position


The chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia announced Thursday that he’ll leave his position on June 30.

Jim Skidmore, who’s led the system since its creation in 200...

WVSU financial audits show improvement


West Virginia State University’s audits for the past two fiscal years show a roughly $2.3 million increase in the school’s net position from 2012-13 to 2013-14.

Net position refers to the university&...

W.Va. Legislature dives into charter schools debate


The now-Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is considering allowing charter schools in the state, but teachers’ unions are criticizing the effort and questioning the need.

The Legislature will ho...

WVU student had .493 BAC before he died


One or more Kappa Sigma fraternity members or alumni gave an underage West Virginia University student alcohol shortly before his death in November, and he had a .493 blood alcohol content before he died, according to Mo...

Alternative teacher certification bill passes House committee


The West Virginia House Education Committee passed a bill Monday night that would allow Teach for America and new local and state school board-approved instructor education programs to provide alternatively certified tea...

Schools for Deaf and Blind funding bill passes committee


A bill that would allow the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind to access more funding for construction projects unanimously passed a House of Delegates committee Monday.

House Bill 2160 would allow the R...

After 25 years, Childhood Language Center may expand


C.B. Hall remembers Bobby’s first word, even though Bobby isn’t his son.

It was about a decade ago — perhaps a dozen years — Hall recalls, and he just happened to be watching the child&#...

Fayette school board wants all buildings inspected


The Fayette County Board of Education has requested inspections of all school buildings in the district, following the sudden Jan. 12 closure of a Collins Middle School building that forced roughly 400 students to miss a...

New state school board members undecided on science standards, Common Core


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s new appointments to the West Virginia Board of Education say they haven’t made up their minds about new learning standards that have recently seen local and national controversy.

Governor fills 2 vacancies on state Board of Education


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin filled two vacancies on the state school board Wednesday, creating a full dozen-member board for the first time since two members resigned in 2012 following the abrupt firing of former state schools...

Teachers want to unite, sue over retirement


Attorneys argued from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday about whether possibly more than 4,100 current and former West Virginia school employees can band together in a lawsuit against a company that allegedly misled them in...

Black community unites to raise student achievement


Hundreds of African-Americans gathered at First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday to consider how to improve the persistently low achievement that has plagued black Kanawha County students, especially o...

Drop in W.Va. college-going rate reflects national trend


Despite officials’ reiteration of the importance of higher education to success in the modern world, West Virginia’s college-going rate has dropped 5.6 percentage points over the past f...

Judges approve WVU’s $8 million purchase of Mountain State campus


Judges on Friday approved Mountain State University’s sale of its Beckley campus to West Virginia University for $8 million and its Martinsburg campus to a separate entity for $2 million, contributing to what ...

Calhoun schools trying to slash deficit, but employees protest


The Calhoun County school district’s deficit at the end of last fiscal year surpassed $1.8 million, exceeding one-fifth of its annual operating budget, but recent drastic efforts to reduce it have received opposit...

W.Va. state school board moves back toward original climate change standards


After widespread criticism from teachers, professors and others, the West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to withdraw a set of science education standards containing controversial modific...

Lines forming over climate-change curriculum


Academics and citizen groups are gearing up opposition to the West Virginia Board of Education’s alterations to science education standards on...

400 students moved out of unsafe Fayette school


About 400 seventh and eighth graders were told not to come to class Tuesday or Wednesday after a structural report released Monday found major problems at a building of one of Fayette County’s largest schools.

West Side pilot project making gains, but much work remains


With nearly180 of 200 West Side 4-year-olds currently enrolled in pre-school programs at local elementary schools, Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring says progress is being made in a pilot program to impr...

W.Va. Science Teachers Association criticizes global warming education changes


The West Virginia Science Teachers Association is criticizing the state Board of Education’s controversial changes to K-12 education standards on climate change, saying the changes compromise ...

Counties want more flexibility in state school funding


Greenbrier and Ohio counties have roughly the same number of students — fewer than 5,500 — but at 1,040 square miles, Greenbrier County is almost 10 times the size of Ohio County.

Greenbrier, in South...

W.Va. officials: Who’s going to fund Obama’s free-tuition plan


West Virginia officials say they want to know more about President Obama’s plan to give two years of free tuition to community college students who meet certain criteria.

The president this week unveiled pla...