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  Remake Learning Days 2017

The Education Alliance is pleased to provide $20,000 in grant funding to 25 West Virginia-based schools, districts and non-profit organizations to host an event during Remake Learning Days ( May 15-26, 2017). Remake Learning Days is a two week celebration showcasing activities and events that make West Virginia a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning. Events create future-ready, hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for kids and their families. Click here to view a list of grant recipients.

Partnerships in Education
Business and Community Supporting Public Schools 

Featured Community Partner
AmeriCorps Members Serve in Honor of MLK Day
Each year, AmeriCorps on the Frontline members participate in community service projects in honor of Martin Luther King Day. This year, Pleasant County members created kindness cards with their students to spread encouragement and love throughout their community. Click here to learn more about their project 
Featured Business Partner  
Berkeley County Board of Education approves $2.3M iPad agreement

In a "game changer" agreement, Berkeley County Board of Education will provide 4,120 iPads for third, fourth, and fifth grade students to use in and out of the classroom to improve reading and math achievement. Click here for article. 

WV Education News   
Justice Suggests Pay Raise for Teachers, Cutting RESA Funds
WV Governor Justice proposed during his State of the State Address a 2 percent pay raise for classroom teachers and his proposed budget also suggests cutting all state general revenue fund dollars for the Regional Education Service Agencies.
The president and Vice president of the WV Board of Education resigned effective immediately on Tuesday, January 31st. 
State Board Members Pick New President and Vice President, Want to Upend A Through F
WV's State School Board has a new president and vice president, four new members and another still to come-plus a desire to upend the A through F school grading system.

Superintendent Martirano Continues to Address Teacher Shortages
WV Superintendent of Schools says he has a plan to address the "unconscionable" amount of teacher vacancies in the state and the WV Board of Education voted to have staff to draft job posting for Superintendent position for review next week.  
A school employees union president asked the WV Board of Education during its first regular meeting Wednesday to take off of public comment its proposed policy to change statewide high-school standardized exams from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course tests.
National Education News    

Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos won confirmation as education secretary by the slimmest of margins, pushed to approval by the historic tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.
As the Trump administration appears poised to make school choice the centerpiece of its education agenda, Republican-led legislatures in Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, and elsewhere are rolling out charter school and voucher bills. 

If you've heard of the "free college" trend, chances are you've heard of Tennessee. Since the Tennessee Promise was enacted in 2014, the state has become entrenched as a prime example of free college policy.
About 1,000 Arkansas teachers of kindergarten, first and second-grade classes will have the opportunity next summer and into the 2017-18 school year to receive training on the science of reading and instructional strategies. 
School on Saturday? Perhaps Another Way to Reach Struggling Students
  More than two dozen Florida schools are offering Saturday classes this year in an effort to give students more opportunities to catch up, or even get ahead in their schoolwork. Students aren't required to attend, and most sessions last only a few hours.