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West Virginia University says a second fraternity has had its charter revoked by its national office.

The Morgantown school said Thursday that Beta Theta Pi has informed the university that the local chapter's charter had been pulled "based on past behavior issues."

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move comes after Kappa Sigma fraternity's national office informed WVU last week that the school's chapter had been suspended since mid-October.

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Kateryna Schray as the 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year.

Schray was among nearly 400 top professors in the United States who were finalists. Schray, an English professor, describes her teaching philosophy as “embarrassingly simple.”

Schray is in Washington D.C. today where the national and state winners are being announced and honored at an awards luncheon at the National Press Club. She also will be attending an evening congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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In-state students at Shepherd University will pay higher tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year.

But out-of-state student tuition will remain at the current level.

Shepherd's board of governors approved a 3.96 in-state tuition increase for undergraduates last week. Undergraduate in-state tuition will increase from $3,285 to $3,415 per semester. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition will remain at $8,314 per semester. Board members also approved a 2.19 percent average increase in room rates, and a 1.97 average increase in meal plans.

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During the West Virginia Board of Education's November meeting Wednesday, Fayette County Superintendent Serena Starcher presented board members with the results of a survey and analysis of the performance of the county's secondary schools.

In October 2013, the state board directed the county to conduct the study specific to Meadow Bridge High School, a school a proposed facilities plan for the county would have consolidated if approved. Starcher said Wednesday, however, the county decided to expand the study to all middle and high schools.

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Fall enrollment is down at most of West Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities. The Charleston Gazette says state figures show about 65,400 students are enrolled in public four-year schools. That's down 1.6 percent from the fall of 2013.

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Some 2,000 boxes of documents, 500 gigabytes of data and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia now have a new home at West Virginia University after President E. Gordon Gee and Senator Jay Rockefeller announced Saturday the university's library will serve as Rockefeller's official Senatorial archive.

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Just days after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High school in Washington, the Cabell County Board of Education announced a new plan to deal with the same type of situation in their facilities.

Starting later this week and next Cabell County schools will change the way teachers and students respond to a possible intruder in their school. While the schools had some procedures before, they’ve now adopted the ALICE Principles, expanding their response. ALICE stands for:

Bethany College Suing U.S. Government

Oct 23, 2014
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A private West Virginia college is suing the U.S. government over funds seized during a theft investigation.

Bethany College is seeking $262,020 in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in West Virginia's Northern District. The complaint alleges the cash was forfeited to investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The complaint says the money should be set aside for the college.

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Expeditionary education refers specifically to learning associated with exploration and hands-on experiences. An expeditionary learning school planned for Cabell County has already undergone some changes even before the doors open.

The original plan was to have the middle school ready to become an expeditionary school that would combine the two local elementary schools, Geneva Kent and Peyton, by August 2015.

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The VH1 Save the Music 2014 Fall Tour will visit select West Virginia Middle Schools over the next couple of days.

The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in public schools. The foundation will tour West Virginia schools that have received musical instruments from the foundation for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thursday:

 The Education Alliance, in collaboration with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, hosted the second annual West Virginia Education Summit on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Business, community, education and legislative leaders are all part of this innovative discuss on how we can work together to achieve excellence in education in West Virginia.

You can watch the Education Summit right here.

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The actor whose most famous part came as “The Fonz” on Happy Days just made a trip to West Virginia to talk to school children about growing up with dyslexia.

Henry Winkler was in Jackson County Thursday to discuss what he dealt with as a child with dyslexia and the books he now writes based on his life. The children’s novels are titled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever.” The novels provide a comedic way of illustrating to kids to not stop trying.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission kicked off an initiative in Charleston Tuesday meant to push college students across the state to finish their degrees on time.

The ‘15 to Finish’ campaign’s main goal is to encourage students to take 15 credit hours a semester in order to finish their 4-year-degrees in four years.

An event in Southern West Virginia was designed to give students a sense of place and pride. Athens Elementary hosted Appalachian Heritage Day on Friday.

Some presentations included home remedies, historical monologs, and more.

Sixty Years Ago: Black and White at East-West

Sep 25, 2014
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Sixty years ago this week, two Marion County Schools - Dunbar High School and Fairmont Senior High School - met for the first – and last – time on the football field. Local historians say it was the first gridiron meeting in West Virginia of an all-black school and an all-white school. It came amid the tensions surrounding that year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on school segregation.

  WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is kicking off a $300,000 advertising push to promote education beyond high school.
 
     Gov.  Tomblin announced the initiative at Wayne High School on Wednesday.
 
     The My State, My Life campaign will focus on television, radio, movie theaters, print distribution and social media.
 
     The campaign targets middle- and high-school students. Its messaging stresses that students can build dream careers in West Virginia, but need to take charge of their lives and educations.
 

While it’s no longer politically correct to use racist, or gender-related remarks that stereotype groups of people, what about negative West Virginian or Appalachian stereotypes?

Appalachians are commonly stereotyped as white, lazy, tobacco smoking, overall-wearing, poor farmers with poor dental hygiene, no indoor plumbing, and no shoes.

So how does that influence the pursuit of an education? Well it depends on the individual Appalachian mindset. The conversation about the connection and possible impact continues with this second report.

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Students in ten West Virginia counties are going to receive extra help preparing for college and career training programs.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will receive a $21 million grant to help students in the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Commission will be awarded the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grant. It’s the second GEAR UP grant the HEPC has received. Jessica Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Communications for the HEPC.

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
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Two West Virginia higher education institutions got some great news this month from the federal government.

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Concord University was once again named among the best colleges in the region by an influential report.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges annual report was released earlier this week. Concord University was ranked in more than one area.

Concord University ranked fifth in the Best Regional Colleges South. The Regional Colleges category focuses on schools that focus primarily on undergraduate study.

The rankings are based on criteria that measure academic quality.


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There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. Pipestem Resort State Park is the only place to play it in West Virginia

Soccer teams from Concord University plan to use the course on Thursday, but according to a release, they won’t be playing soccer.


The Science of Smart

Sep 5, 2014

Until recently, we didn't know much about the best ways to learn. Now that's changing. Over recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this American RadioWorks program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.

Can the Structure of Public Education be Changed?

Aug 11, 2014
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Members of the state’s education community met Monday at Marshall University to discuss how to take the next step in public education in the state.

Can West Virginia’s public education system be fixed? That was the question that was asked Monday on Marshall’s campus. Charleston attorney Charles McElwee called together administrators and policy makers to discuss how change can be made in the public education realm. McElwee said the current system which follows old outdated standards isn’t working.

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The West Side in Charleston is one of the largest urban neighborhoods in the state. Within sight of the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School are vacant lots and abandoned buildings. This neighborhood is besieged with many problems like childhood poverty and high crime rates. It’s also a neighborhood that suffers from negative stereotyping—a place where good people and good projects are often overlooked.

Randolph County Searching for Solution to Crumbling School

Jul 28, 2014
Harman School
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The Randolph County Board of Education has called a special meeting for Tuesday evening to address structural problems with the Harman School. The facility suffered a roof collapse over the July 4th weekend. 

A plaster ceiling caved into a classroom, bringing with it two tons of debris.  A post-collapse inspection of the school, built in the 1950s, determined it is not safe for use.

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It’s been a busy year for Berkeley County’s Erin Sponaugle, West Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Aside from teaching fifth grade at Tomahawk Intermediate School near Hedgesville, West Virginia, Sponaugle has traveled across the state and country representing her profession.

“It’s been life changing and life defining," Sponaugle said.

West Virginia Morning
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Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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