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January-12-2017

New movie shines proud light on WV State University
Chris Lawrence, WV metronews

“This is not a movie about race,” said West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins of the new film Hidden Figures. “This is a movie about coming together for a common good.”

Jenkins was one of a handful of West Virginia State officials, alumni, and students who were treated to a pre-screening of the picture ahead of its national release last weekend. The reason...

January-12-2017

With proposed policy changes, WV may abandon Smarter Balanced
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday, in a voice vote with no nays heard, to put out for public comment a policy that would shift the standardized tests for all public high schools from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course exams.

These yet-to-be-built tests would affect, to a yet-undeclared extent, students’ grades and their ability to...

January-12-2017

Protect WV campaign wants lawmakers to avoid budget cuts
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Budget cuts are not the answer to fix West Virginia’s financial crisis, according to a campaign group focused on state budget priorities.

Protect West Virginia held a press conference Wednesday, the first day of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, to urge state lawmakers to keep education, public safety and recreation programs in place.

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January-10-2017

With fiscal year half over state revenue collections fall short by nearly $100 million
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State revenue collections halfway through the fiscal year are approaching $100 million below estimates, state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday.

December collections missed the mark by $6.7 million leaving the state $98.2 million below estimates during the past six months. Other months have been worse, Kiss said during an appearance...

January-10-2017

Putnam teachers concerned over bus ride to continuing ed program
By Ali Schmitz, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

WINFIELD — Some Putnam County teachers have concerns about being told to ride a school bus to an upcoming continuing education workshop.

School board member Bruce Knell said during a school board meeting Monday night that more than 20 teachers contacted him after they were told they would need to ride a school bus to a countywide continuing...

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