Schools

The Great Textbook War

Nov 21, 2018

In 1974, a fierce controversy erupted over some newly adopted school textbooks in Kanawha County, West Virginia. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets, journalists were beaten and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners. Textbook supporters thought they would introduce students to new ideas about literature and multi-culturalism. Opponents felt the books undermined traditional American values.

 

Students at Computers
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Thousands of unused items like computers, monitors, keyboards and mice are being donated to the West Virginia Education Department for use in schools across the state.

The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve grants to seven schools that will share more than $1.6 million for innovations in education.

West Virginia's largest public school district was forced to close seven schools on Friday for problems with its air conditioning and power systems.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the closings add another set of problems as the district struggles to recover from a devastating flood in June that destroyed two schools and damaged others.

The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to adopt an amendment to its accountability policy that will give schools A through F grades.

The board said in a news release that it approved the revised policy at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Kanawha County's school system is planning to have about 90 fewer positions next fiscal year because of a shrinking budget.

Kanawha County Schools' human resources specialist Kim Olsen tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail there are 52 teacher position cuts planned for next school year, but the cuts have led to only four teachers altogether losing guaranteed jobs next school year.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

130 new school principals attended a training today in Charleston focused on effectively responding to an active shooter on school grounds.

Cecelia Mason

West Virginia's state superintendent says fewer 16-year-old students dropped out of high school after the compulsory attendance age was raised to 17.
 
     West Virginia State Superintendent James Phares told lawmakers on Tuesday that the number of 16-year-olds who dropped out of school in the 2012 school year declined by 52 percent from the previous year after the law went into effect.
 

Cecelia Mason

The West Virginia Board of Education is pledging not to share students' personal information with anyone outside the system.
 
     The move was codified with a resolution passed at the board's regular meeting this week and will eventually become policy.
 
     The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the action was taken in large part to appease those are concerned with West Virginia's adoption of the national Common Core standards for education.