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The Marshall University Board of Governors announced last week that Gary White will take over as interim president in the wake of the death of President Stephen J. Kopp.

White takes over while a search for a permanent replacement takes place. Former President Stephen J. Kopp passed away on December 17th. White is a native of Logan and recently served on Marshall’s board of governors in 2010. White also recently served on the Higher Education Policy Commission. He said his plan for the university while they look for a permanent replacement is to stay the course.

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West Virginia's superintendent of schools is heading to the Eastern Panhandle this week to meet with teachers and students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Michael Martirano starts his road trip on Wednesday at Musselman High School in Berkeley County. He has other stops at county schools that day before moving on to Jefferson County schools on Thursday. He wraps up the tour on Friday in Morgan County.

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Officials with the former Mountain State University are shifting their attention to a lawsuit against an accrediting body.

Trustee Elmer Coppoolse tells The Register-Herald that Mountain State officials wanted to ensure the campus was in good hands before focusing on the lawsuit.

Last week, West Virginia University announced that it plans to buy Mountain State's campus in Beckley.

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West Virginia University's new Advanced Engineering Research Building is on track to open in the fall of 2015.

West Virginia higher education leaders are finalizing policy changes to help students more easily transfer college credits and earn degrees.

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Vicki Riley has been named as president of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Riley has served as the school's vice president of academic affairs since January 2008.

The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education appointed Riley to the president's job on Thursday.

Riley's appointment is effective Jan. 6. She will replace Martin J. Olshinsky, who is retiring.

She previously served as special assistant to the chancellor for the community and technical college council and as president of Marshall Community and Technical College.

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On West Virginia Morning, Sen. Jay Rockefeller has harsh words for many of the CIA Directors he’s known.  Beth Vorhees continues her conversation with the senator about the CIA torture report released last week.  Also, a report about the Common Core curriculum.

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Common Core is an educational initiative that has been in news headlines lately due to some controversy surrounding it. At the State Capitol yesterday, Delegates, Senators, and public met on the House floor to hear from eight representatives either for or against Common Core.

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Nine counties will receive state funding for school construction projects.

The largest award, $1 million, will go to Berkeley County to add six classrooms to Potomack Intermediate School near Martinsburg.

Greenbrier, Wirt, Gilmer, Marion, Ohio, Fayette, Upshur and Lincoln will receive smaller grants for projects.

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The Girls Scouts council in West Virginia is implementing a program to promote science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council says the program called "Imagine Your STEM Future" will work to inspire more girls to pursue education and careers in those fields.

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A legal battle over the firing of West Virginia's school superintendent is heading to the state's highest court.

A Kanawha County circuit judge last month refused to dismiss former superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Board of Education is appealing that ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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Members of the state Board of Education have approved a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

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Huntington Police evacuated Huntington High school Thursday afternoon after school administrators received reports that a student had an explosive device.

Late Thursday morning Huntington Police were called to the high school because of a report of a firework type device found in the possession of a juvenile. The student had shown the device to another juvenile who reported it. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the onsite resource officer, who is a member of the Huntington Police Department arrested the individual. The device was then recovered and rendered inert. 

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Members of the state Board of Education heard directly from teachers this month about the development and the implementation of the state’s Next Generation Standards. Those standards are West Virginia’s version of Common Core.

“So, today is a moment for us to pause as a state to reflect on where we are with our education reform and our educational progress,” State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano said during the board’s meeting Wednesday.

Republicans Pledge to Work Together

Dec 9, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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A nearly $500,000 federal grant is set to expand adult education opportunities across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Network says it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

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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:

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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.

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 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.

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