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West Virginian Education Bill Heads to Full House Vote

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has pushed a sweeping Republican education proposal one step closer to passage. Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced the plan to allow the state’s first charter schools, setting it up for a full vote in the GOP-controlled chamber Wednesday. If approved, the bill would then head to… Read More

Trump Tweets Support for WV Governor Amid Education Debate

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump has tweeted support for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as state lawmakers wrangle over education policy. Trump on Monday boosted the Republican governor, writing “One size doesn’t fit all – I support West Virginia Schools. Keep up the great work, WVGovernor Big Jim Justice – I am with… Read More

After Teacher Unrest, House GOP Debuts Education Plan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates now have their own wide-ranging education proposal that would allow the state’s first charter schools. Lawmakers in an education committee approved the plan Monday, sending it to the full GOP-controlled House. Teachers have packed the Capitol to protest a similar Senate Republican proposal… Read More

West Virginia House Reconvenes as Teachers Fill Capitol

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia teachers are again protesting at the Capitol as the House of Delegates reconvenes for the special legislative session on education. The House met Monday morning and then broke off into committees to debate bills. Educators are filling the statehouse’s halls to speak out against a sweeping Senate GOP proposal… Read More

Sponsor of Closed Online School ECOT to Repay State $879,000

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The sponsor of a huge online charter school that abruptly closed in Ohio has agreed to repay the state $879,000. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow closed in January 2018 after the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West suspended its sponsorship. Attorney General Dave Yost says the repayment represents the amount… Read More

Study: For-Profit Charter Operators Spend Lots More On Admin Than Traditional Schools

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Ohio’s charter schools are by law non-profit, but nearly 200 of them are managed by for-profit operating companies. And a new study by an anti-charter school group says charters run by for-profit operators spend a lot more money on non-classroom costs than traditional public schools do. Steven Dyer with the research group Know Your Charter looked… Read More

Bill Would Require School Districts To Designate Valedictorians

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Some high schools throughout Ohio have decided not to name valedictorians at graduation. But one state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require schools to name at least one valedictorian or salutatorian. Republican Representative Niraj Antani ‘s bill would allow districts to determine the criteria, but he says requiring at least one valedictorian would create competition…. Read More

Business, School Groups Propose New Graduation Requirements

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The plan from business coalitions, higher-wealth districts and a charter schools group combines 20 credits of coursework, good final scores on basic high school English and math tests, and college or career prep. The new standards include high school course completion, competency on English II and Algebra I, and at least two seals or endorsements… Read More

West Virginia Lawmakers to Reconvene Next Week on Education

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia lawmakers will reconvene next week in a special session on education. House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced Monday that the special session will resume at 2 p.m. May 20. The brief announcement did not include an agenda or how long the session would… Read More

83-Year-Old West Virginia Student is Commencement Speaker

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – An 83-year-old student of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will deliver the school’s commencement address this week. The university said in a news release that Sharon O’Neill of Parkersburg is the eldest community and technical college graduate since the West Virginia Community and Technical College System began in 2004. O’Neill will… Read More