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April-12-2017

Reaction continues from both sides on home-schooled athletes bill
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

Among the bills that will soon be sent to Gov. Jim Justice, one piece of legislation would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports if approved.

House Bill 2196 would permit these students to try out for athletic and...

April-11-2017

Recent WV BOE appointee ‘caught off guard’ by removal
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A former West Virginia Board of Education member said Monday that no one told her she was being removed from the board, which saw its vice president resign just last week and all three of its previous officers resign earlier this year.

 Barbara Whitecotton, who was Hardy County’s schools superintendent for eight years, was appointed to the board in January by Gov....

April-10-2017

WV Legislature passes home-school, virtual education bills
Ryan Quinn, Charleston-Gazette-Mail

Lawmakers Saturday completed legislation giving home-schoolers access to public vocational education centers, giving them access to public school sports and allowing county public school systems to offer home-schoolers and others full-time K-12 virtual education — while getting state funding for it. Saturday was the last day of the regular legislative session.

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April-10-2017

WV lawmakers pass amended version of Justice’s education bill
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

At five minutes to midnight, the end of this year’s regular legislative session, the West Virginia Legislature completed Saturday passing a bill eliminating the current Regional Education Service Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate for public school year calendars to have 180 separate instructional days.

House Bill 2711...

April-10-2017

Bills pass to allow non-public school students access to sports, eliminate RESAs
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Legislature finalized two education-related bills in the final few hours of the 60-day session Saturday night.

The session neared its midnight deadline when the Senate finally agreed to the last version of the HB 2711, which would eliminate eight Regional Educational Service Agencies while giving flexibility in the...

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