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February 14, 2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill to give pay raises to public school teachers and school service personnel advanced Thursday out of the Senate Education Committee -- with a change intended to give more bang for the buck to newer teachers.

The new version of the bill (SB391) would provide an across-the-board $1,000 raise -- instead of giving a 2 percent pay raise to teachers, as Tomblin proposed.

Senate...

February 17, 2014

The Associated Press 

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education says county school districts should have more control over how their state funding is spent.

A decades-old funding formula determines how much state funding each county system gets annually and how this funding is spent.

Last week, the state board voted to ask the Legislature to consider allowing counties to use up to 10 percent of their state school funding however they choose, the Charleston...

February 17, 2014

By Bill Archer 
Bluefield Daily Telegraph 

WELCH — In spite of all of the weather related challenges during the past several days, the McDowell County Board of Education Additional Levy passed Saturday on a 757-57 vote. McDowell County voters have approved the additional levy for 72 consecutive years. McDowell citizens voted to continue the levy until 2018.

It wasn’t an easy proposition this year due to the foot of snow that blanketed the region on Thursday, making travel...

February 17, 2014

By Kennie Bass 
Eyewitness News/WCHS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Contending the state board needs dedicated staffers to help members craft statewide policy, a director of operations and a full-time lawyer are now on the board's payroll, to the tune of $191,000. Despite the fact the state Department of Education already has two full-time lawyers making $185,000 that have always been at the board's disposal.

"She's (a lawyer) hired by the Department of Education," Gayle Manchin,...

February 18, 2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County teachers, principals, school employees and parents gathered in the North Marion High School library Monday to discuss next year’s academic calendar during a public hearing of the Marion County Board of Education.

The calendar is up for discussion and public input until a committee meets in future months to design options, one of which the board will choose as the 2014-15 academic calendar.

The board...

February 18, 2014

By Whitney Burdette 
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A data sharing system that collects information on school children of all ages in an effort to improve education practices could get a little stronger.

The Senate on Monday passed Senate Bill 420, relating to the P-20W Longitudinal Data System. This system collects certain information on children that officials can analyze to assess progress beginning in early childhood education and continuing through...

February 19, 2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

The bill mandates that administrators may not ask a teacher to attend meetings, training or any other work-related event during a planning period. This includes parent-teacher conferences.

Frank Collier, executive director of the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals,...

February 19, 2014

By Douglas Fritz
WVNSTV.com

BECKLEY - The Raleigh County Board of Education announced on Tuesday, Feb. 18, that they are making a change to the school calendar that affects students this week.

According to a release, Raleigh County students have missed 14 days of instruction this school year. To help compensate for the missed instruction days, there will be school on Friday, Feb. 21. However, it will not be a full day of school. Kids will be released three hours early on...

February 20, 2014

By Roger Adkins
The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — Dr. Mark Manchin doesn’t plan to “come to Harrison County with a sledgehammer,” but he does plan to look at programs and make changes that are necessary.

Those were comments he made Wednesday during a meeting hosted by the Harrison County Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers — West Virginia. Those in attendance consisted of union members and others in the school system.

“I owe it to you not to come in and...

February 20, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County parents are wondering how the school system will handle ongoing concerns about water safety now that complaints at schools are being fielded by a new "response team" tasked with deciding when to evacuate students.

Among the requests made in public delegations at Wednesday's Kanawha County Board of Education meeting was that schools be supplied bottled water through the end of the school year in...

February 21, 2014

By Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday morning voted to remove language from a bill increasing teachers' salaries by $1,000 across the board.

Members of the Senate Education Committee voted last week to increase the raise from the initial 2 percent promised by Governor Tomblin during his State of the State Address in January.

In Finance, however, the bill was returned to its original form, saving the state...

February 21, 2014

By Pamela Pritt
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — The House Committee on Education moved a bill Thursday morning that will allow security personnel hired by county sheriffs’ department to carry weapons in schools. The law enforcement agency would provide salaries and benefits, as well as assume liability for the security personnel.

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner spoke in favor of the move. Tanner said having armed security personnel in the school would...

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