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June 8, 2004: Judge Elizabeth Hallanan Dies at 79

Jun 8, 2018
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Judge Elizabeth Hallanan died on June 8, 2004. She was 79 years old.

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House and Senate lawmakers introduced 28 joint resolutions in just the first week of the legislative session each calling for amendments to the state constitution. Some around the Capitol say such a number feels like a lot, while others say it’s rather normal. What is agreed upon, though, is that it is rare to have so many proposed constitutional amendments gaining traction this early in the session.

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The West Virginia House Education Committee has advanced a resolution that could amend the state constitution. The amendment would reduce the number of state Board of Education members and call for the election of some members.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has agreed to reduce the credits required to graduate from the state's high schools from 24 to 22, allowing two fewer elective classes.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that change will apply in the next school year.

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The former superintendent of West Virginia's state schools for blind and deaf students has filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse his firing.

The West Virginia Board of Education has proposed lowering some requirements to become a public school teacher.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday that among the proposed changes are exempting education bachelor's degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass a basic knowledge test.

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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.

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  The West Virginia Board of Education has passed policy changes capping the percentage of students who receive specially designed instruction for disabilities that schools can place in general education classrooms.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve all but one of a county's proposed public school closures.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted a second time against consolidating schools in Nicholas County.

The vote came one day before a court hearing in a lawsuit against the state over the first vote.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted for a 30-day public comment period for proposed policy changes that would tie the state's standard for school meals and snacks with federal minimum requirements.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the public comment period for proposed changes to Policy 4321.1 received no dissenting votes on Wednesday.

June 8, 2004: Judge Elizabeth Hallanan Dies at 79

Jun 15, 2017
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Judge Elizabeth Hallanan died on June 8, 2004. She was 79 years old.

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School board members in a West Virginia county ravaged by the 2016 floods have voted to take legal action to contest the state board's rejection of a plan to consolidate five schools onto one campus.

The Register-Herald reports the West Virginia Board of Education voted 7-1 on Tuesday to reject Nicholas County's proposed change to the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

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West Virginia Board of Education members received pushback over their meeting agendas' newly stated ban that prohibits members of the public from speaking on items not listed on the agenda.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the ban was discussed Wednesday. It initially appeared on last month's agenda.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has two new members.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday the appointments of Deborah Sullivan and Joseph Wallace to the board.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has filled two vacancies on the state Board of Education.

Justice announced the appointments this week of Frank Vitale of Morgantown and Jeffrey Flanagan of Charleston.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has agreed to close an elementary school in Randolph County that has 27 students.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board voted Thursday to close Valley Head Elementary. The students will be transferred to George Ward Elementary next school year.

On The Legislature Today, the Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform begins discussing the chair's plan to reform the state's tax code, shifting from a personal income tax to a broader consumer sales tax.

Ted Boettner with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and John Deskins with the Bureau for Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University discuss the potential benefits and risks to the plan and it impacts on West Virginians. 

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The West Virginia Board of Education has eliminated standardized math and English language arts tests scheduled for this spring for ninth and 10th graders.

Thursday's move means that only 11th graders will be tested, putting West Virginia in line with federal requirements to test at least once at the high school level.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to return full control of Fayette County's school system to the county after seven years under state control.

The board voted unanimously for the move Thursday at a meeting in Charleston, contingent on the Fayette board agreeing to a memorandum of understanding with the state school board.

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Another member of the West Virginia Board of Education has resigned.

Beverly Kingery didn't give a reason for stepping down Monday in a brief letter to Gov. Jim Justice.

Newly elected West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell, left, with state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano, right, during Thursday's meeting.
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The West Virginia Board of Education is set to hold its first regular meeting since several new members were appointed.

The board will meet Wednesday in Charleston.

Newly elected West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell, left, with state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano, right, during Thursday's meeting.
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The West Virginia Board of Education has elected a new president and vice president after a string of resignations this week. 

Former Delegate Tom Campbell was elected president of the board during an emergency meeting Thursday. A certified public accountant, Campbell was appointed by Gov. Tomblin in 2012 and after several resignations is now the board’s longest-serving member.

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The president and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education resigned Tuesday night, effective immediately.

The state Department of Education issued a release that included statements from departing President Michael Green and Vice President Lloyd Jackson.

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Governor Jim Justice announced his choices Tuesday for open positions on the state’s Board of Education and School Building Authority. 

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Four months after West Virginia schools Superintendent Michael Martirano announced he will step down at the end of the school year, the state school board has yet to begin looking for a successor. And Martirano is having second thoughts about his decision.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports school board members indicated last week the search process hasn't started. Since Martirano's announcement in September, the board hasn't discussed the issue in public at its monthly meetings.

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After seven years of state control, Fayette County is on the verge of regaining partial control of its local school system.

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to give Fayette's local school board control of its schools except for the ability to replace their state-appointed superintendent, facilities or finances related to facilities.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is considering a plan to replace the current Smarter Balanced assessments with end of course exams tied to a student's final grade.

The Board voted Wednesday to put out the end-of-course exams policy for public comment for the next 30 days.

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.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has approved the final grades for public schools across the state under a new accountability system. 

The state Board has been working since 2013 to create and implement the new school accountability system after a legislative directive and urging from Gov. Tomblin. It gives schools a grade of A through F so that parents can more easily understand how their child’s school is doing.

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