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WV School Boss: I Didn’t Mean to Downplay Homeless Students

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The head of West Virginia’s school system says he didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of the rising number of homeless students in the state. Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement Friday saying he “in no way intended to convey that the data was not significant” at an education… Read More

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Former W.Va. Educators Charged After Alleged Verbal Abuse

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s top prosecutor says three former educators have been arrested on charges that they verbally abused two autistic students. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says former special education teacher Christina Lester and former aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty were arrested Friday morning and charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse… Read More

Ky. Dept. of Education’s New Website Recruits New Teachers

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new campaign and website to recruit and encourage potential teachers. The Education Department says there was a 36% decline in the completion of education preparation programs in Kentucky from 2008 to 2017. Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis unveiled the new website, www.goteachky.com, at a… Read More

Preschool Teacher Sentenced Over Playground Fighting Video

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a former teacher at an Ohio preschool accused of recording and posting a video online of children fighting at the school playground has been sentenced to three weekends in jail on 14 endangering children counts. The Columbus Dispatch reports 31-year-old Chavay Jessie, also known as Chavay Williams, was sentenced… Read More

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Total Number of Homeless Students in W.Va. Rises to Over 10K

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The total number of homeless public school students in West Virginia has increased by nearly 1,000 students since the 2017-18 school year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Department of Education data for the 2018-19 school year says there are now about 10,500 homeless students across the state. Homeless students are those… Read More

Heartland High: Ohio’s First School For Students With Addiction

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Bouncing on a purple exercise ball, Alyssa talks to her new teacher about what classes she needs to graduate. “There’s a Psychology 1 as an elective, I would take that, but I already took psychology and sociology… And I feel like Heartland in general is a psychology class,” she adds, laughing. Alyssa is one of… Read More