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September 5, 2018

Doty, former Logan County school superintendent, convicted on all counts
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Logan County School Superintendent Phyllis Doty was convicted Friday on eight federal criminal counts following a week-long trial.

The jury hearing the case in U.S. District Court in Charleston found Doty, 68, guilty of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and two counts of theft from a program receiving...

September 5, 2018

Researchers: WV’s teacher shortage problem more than just a number
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Consider this conundrum: a state where the population has decreased about two percent over the past seven years has a teacher shortage problem.

Essentially, at a time when student population should hypothetically be decreasing, the result is still a rotating door of openings in West Virginia’s public classrooms. And,...

September 6, 2018

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT-- A growing number of people support higher pay for teachers and more funding for public schools, according to a new poll that finds a shift in public opinion following a wave of teacher walkouts in six states where educators protested stagnant pay and inadequate school resources.

That's one of the key findings ...

September 10, 2018

Prayer before game goes on despite complaints
WV MetroNews Staff

MAN, W.Va. — Despite the threat of a lawsuit, Friday night’s football game at Man High School in Logan County between Man and Westside started with a public prayer. Although, unlike previous years, this prayer originated and was led by fans of both teams in the stands.

The longstanding tradition of a prayer over the public address season prior to games at the school was...

September 12, 2018

By: Mike McCullough, MetroNews

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Authorities are on high alert this morning following the second threat in a week at a Mercer County high school.

The first threat happened Tuesday at Princeton Senior High School. Mercer County Schools released the following statement Wednesday morning in regard to a social media...

September 13, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Raleigh County elementary school teacher is the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The West Virginia Department of Education announced Jada Reeves as this year’s honoree during a gala Wednesday in Charleston.

Reeves teaches fifth grade at Bradley Elementary School in Mt. Hope, and serves on multiple school committees as well as volunteers in local youth sports.

“I was really shocked,” Reeves said after winning the award. “I...

September 13, 2018

West Virginia leads nation in obesity for second straight year
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the second year in a row, West Virginia leads the nation when it comes to its adult obesity.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health released its 15th annual “State of Obesity” report, which finds the Mountain State’s obesity rate is 38.1 percent, an...

September 14, 2018

MetroNews, Brittany Murray

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Results of the first-ever West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard were unveiled during a meeting of the state Board of Education in Charleston, evaluating accountability ratings for each public school in the Mountain State.

State Superintendent Steve Paine said he’s rather pleased with the results.

“There were really no shocks or surprises other than our attendance rates are lower than I would’ve expected,...

September 17, 2018

CHARLESTON — The unions for teachers and school service personnel held several unity rallies across the state Sunday afternoon, hoping to reignite the passion seen during last spring's strike.

At the Charleston rally, held on the steps of the Capitol building, teachers hoped to send lawmakers one message — "We're back."

"So here we are, still, watching our colleagues or our mentors leave this state or leave this profession," said Christine Campbell, president of the state's...

September 18, 2018

WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is urging cooperation between lawmakers, educators and school staff as the academic year gets underway.

Lee, speaking before the state Board of Education last week, said teachers and lawmakers have to act as one unit for the betterment of students.

“When we invest in the students of West Virginia, that’s when we know we can reach huge dividends along the lines,” he...

September 20, 2018

Hoppy Kercheval- WV Metronews 

It has been said, in one form or another, that 80 percent of success is showing up—if we can just overcome inertia and force ourselves to get to work, school or the gym, we improve our chances of reaching a favorable outcome.

That is particularly true in education. The education think tank Attendance Works says across the country more than 8 million students are chronically absent, meaning they are missing ten percent or more school days for both...