West Virginia Department of Education

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Higher education leaders in West Virginia announced Wednesday a goal to see more of the state’s workforce with a formal education credential beyond high school by 2030.

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A mediation team has released a proposal to replace several Nicholas County schools after deadly 2016 floods.

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State education officials say West Virginia's high school juniors will start taking the SAT as their standardized college entrance exam starting next spring.

The Department of Education says the SAT must be given to all West Virginia juniors except for those with significant cognitive disabilities who take the West Virginia Alternate Assessment.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

The West Virginia Department of Education has launched an online survey for people to offer input on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

The West Virginia Department of Education plans a series of public meetings starting next week as it develops a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act.

States must submit their plans this year to the U.S. Department of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in December 2015 and replaces No Child Left Behind. The state Department of Education's plan will be submitted in September.

Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off

Jun 8, 2017
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The West Virginia Department of Education's Office of Child Nutrition kicked-off their Summer Food Program today at Elk Center Elementary in Kanawha County.

An average of 178,000 West Virginia school children depend on free and reduced-price meals at school throughout the year. But those meals end when school breaks for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during summer break. Its funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program.

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Bluefield State College has signed an agreement with the state Department of Education to offer health sciences pathways to more quickly launch careers in medicine.

The Health Science Education Pathway and the Associate of Nursing Pathway outline exact courses students need to fulfill requirements for in nursing and radiologic technician associate's degrees and for bachelor's degrees in nursing and imaging science.

The agreement outlines the necessary steps for high school Career Technical Education students who can get college credits toward an associate's degree.

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West Virginia's deputy state schools superintendent has announced her retirement as the state superintendent eliminates another position.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Cindy Daniel's retirement is effective May 31. Her announcement comes as state Superintendent Steve Paine revealed the chief of staff position will not be filled following Jill Newman's resignation last month.

The West Virginia Department of Education plans to hold a series of meetings as it develops a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act.

States must submit their plans this year to the U.S. Department of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in December 2015 and replaces No Child Left Behind.

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The state Board of Education has selected former state schools Superintendent Steve Paine for his second stint in the job.

The board approved Paine's appointment Thursday by unanimous vote after interviewing him and two other finalists in private. His appointment is effective next Monday.

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Three finalists have been named for the state schools superintendent position that Michael Martirano plans to vacate.

The state Department of Education says in a news release that the finalists are former state schools Superintendent Steve Paine, state career and technical education officer Kathy D'Antoni and Jackson County schools Superintendent Blaine Hess.

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State education officials say 70 West Virginia high schools had graduation rates of 90 percent or higher during the 2015-16 school year, including four that reached 100 percent.

The four are Union Educational Complex in Grant County, Paden City High School in Wetzel County and both Harman and Pickens high schools in Randolph County.

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The West Virginia school board plans to meet this week to select a new president and vice president among its current members following recent resignations.

The state Department of Education says in a news release the board's vote is set for Thursday in Charleston.

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The state Department of Education is looking for organizations to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer.

The department says in a news release that nonprofit groups and county boards of education can participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

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Newly appointed secretary of the Department of Education and the Arts Gayle Machin has fired one-third of the department's central office staff in a sweeping reorganization.

Missy Phalen, Manchin's executive assistant, confirmed Monday to the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the positions that have been terminated are chief financial officer, special assistant to the secretary, special projects coordinator and accounting technician.

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The U.S. secretary of education has called West Virginia's early learning program a good model for the country.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. praised the state for its commitment to early education during an event at the West Virginia Department of Education's headquarters on Thursday.

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W.Va. Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano says budget cuts says have strained the Department of Education to the tipping point.

"We can't take any more cuts without having some sort of fatalistic impacts," he said in an interview with Ashton Marra on West Virginia Morning.

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Is your school-aged son or daughter a master at minecraft? Then the West Virginia Department of Education has the contest for you.

The state department and Governor Tomblin’s Office are teaming up to sponsor a minecraft building competition, looking for a master builder who can recreate both the interior and exterior of West Virginia’s state Capitol or design a new Capitol complex on his or her own.

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West Virginia officials have warned 55 prison educators of possible layoffs amid the ongoing budget stalemate.

Sarah Stewart of the state Department of Education says a letter was sent Thursday to the teachers and principals at adult prison facilities.

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West Virginia officials are putting more surplus computers to good use while saving the state money.

The state Department of Education said Tuesday in a news release that 20 refurbished computers, five notebooks and four laser printers are being donated to Chesapeake Elementary School in Kanawha County.

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The state Department of Education is looking for organizations to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer.

The department says in a news release that nonprofit groups and county boards of education can participate in the federal Summer Food Service Program.

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West Virginia education officials say more of the state's students are graduating from high school.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the graduation rate for the four-year cohort was 86.5 percent in the 2014-15 school year. That's up 2 percentage points from the previous school year.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed against state education officials by Del. Michael Folk. The suit claimed the implementation of Common Core standards violated both the state and federal Constitutions.

Folk originally filed the lawsuit in Berkeley County Circuit Court where the complaint was dismissed. Folk again filed with the Supreme Court in July, naming the West Virginia Board of Education and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

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An education official says West Virginia's public schools face an estimated $16 million cut in state aid under the governor's spending reductions.

Department of Education chief operations officer Joe Panetta tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the level of cuts won't be finalized until Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issues an executive order this week.

The public will have an opportunity to learn about West Virginia's academic standards for grades K-12 at a town hall meeting in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Liberty University's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

Teaching Teachers

Sep 12, 2015
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Join WVPB on Monday at 8 p.m. September 14,  for the second program in the award winning American Radio Works series.  This show is about Teaching Teachers.

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A Logan County Spanish teacher has been named West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The Department of Education says Andrea Santos received the award on Wednesday night during a ceremony in Charleston. County teachers of the year also were recognized.

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The West Virginia Department of Education is set to hold a meeting tonight at Marshall about academic standards in the state.

It’s the latest in a series of town hall-style meetings being held around the state. They’ll examine the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s campus.

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