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Charleston, WV

#1 May 21, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va.- West Virginia schools are now free to ignore much of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.

The U.S. Department of Education granted West Virginia's request for a flexibility waiver Monday, accepting instead a state-developed plan for the state's education system.

That plan includes a new method for classifying school performance -- instead of simple distinctions between schools whose test scores indicate which are making progress and which are not, the new plan will sort schools into five groups based on performance.

Officials think the narrower distinctions will mean more transparency regarding school performance, and the power to funnel extra funding to schools that need it most.

State School Superintendent Jim Phares said the state already has identified 32 low-performing schools under the new guidelines. Those schools -- which the state is now calling "priority schools" -- should be announced later this week.

Annual performance reports will "provide a more comprehensive picture of where a school is meeting expectations and where it's not," Phares said.

The centerpiece of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act was the idea that all students should be able to score at least "proficient" on state standardized tests by 2014 -- a goal that is now largely seen as unfeasible.
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Charleston, WV

#2 May 21, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Last weekend's record-setting $600 million Powerball jackpot also brought record ticket sales within West Virginia, as well as more than $2 million in prizes for state residents.

West Virginians bought 1.5 million Powerball tickets for Saturday's drawing, adding up to about $3.3 million in sales. State retailers sold an average 1,100 tickets per minute in the hours leading up to Saturday night's drawing.

That brought total weekly sales to $4.6 million, the highest since the Multi-State Lottery Commission revamped the lottery game in January 2012.

The West Virginia Lottery Commission sells about $899,000 in Powerball tickets during an average week.
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Charleston, WV

#3 May 21, 2013
Wonder where are taxes are goin? Not toward education !
Chris P

Saint Albans, WV

#4 May 21, 2013
Excellent post!

That's absolutely revolting when things like libraries may have to close, children don't get hot lunches at school, and public interests take a back seat to something like powerball.

Awesome fact checking and great post.

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