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February-25-2014

By Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Wood County students have missed a dozen school days this semester and February isn’t even over. Between frigid temperatures and snow, it’s been tough to get kids in class.

It’s posed a problem preparing for the annual West Virginia Educational Standards Test or Westest. The West Virginia Department of Education stresses educators don’t teach to the test. However, students do have to be prepared for the exam.

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February-24-2014

Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As they work to close a $146 million gap in the 2014-15 state budget, members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday amended Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's teacher pay raise bill (SB391), putting it back to its original proposal of 2 percent pay raises.

Last week, the Senate Education Committee instead proposed an across-the-board $1,000 pay raise for teachers, with Chairman Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, saying the intent was to give larger pay...

February-24-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time has passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.

The bill states that administrators may not require a teacher attend training, meetings or any work-related event during a planning period. This included parent-teacher conferences.

Lawmakers first voted to amend the bill Friday to state that teachers are not prohibited from attending meetings at their...

February-21-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The state Senate voted 34-0 to pass a bill to invest a portion of West Virginia's oil and natural gas revenues for future infrastructure and economic development.

There was no discussion before the unanimous vote. 

The Future Fund Bill would set aside 25 percent of severance tax revenues above and beyond a $175 million benchmark. The fund would be allowed to gather interest for six years before being used to pave roads and...

February-21-2014

By WV MetroNews Staff

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday evening he’s instructed the state Department of Education and West Virginia National Guard to do additional water testing in the school buildings impacted by the Jan. 9 chemical spill and the water emergency that followed.

The testing will be done this weekend under 2 parts per billion in parts of nine counties.

“We have been testing water in all of our schools at the governor’s more stringent level of 10...

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