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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...

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 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 26, 2014

By Ben Nandy
WOWKTV.com

HUNTINGTON, Wv. - At Tuesday evening's Cabell County Board of Education meeting, several parents objected to a proposed 2014-15 school calendar that would start on August 8th.

The change is being made to meet requirements in a new West Virginia state law that says there must be 180 days of instruction in a school year.

There are no exceptions. Snow days must be made up.

"I think the Legislature is concerned about making sure kids get...

February 26, 2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Teachers will receive a $837 pay raise next year if the House of Delegates approves the version of the teacher pay raise bill the Senate signed off on, with a 30-2 vote, on Wednesday at the State Capitol.

The bill, SB 391, was changed on the Senate floor to replace the two percent across-the-board pay raise Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had originally proposed for both teachers and school service personnel.

Supporters said the $837 amount...

February 26, 2014

By Stephen Huba
For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County school teachers are working harder to keep up with expectations at the state and national levels, the school board learned on Monday.

The ever-changing landscape of public education, and how it's affecting local school districts, was a common theme in Monday's presentations by the faculty senates and school improvement councils of Oak Glen High School, Oak Glen Middle School and the John D....

February 27, 2014

By Lauren Talotta, General Assignment Reporter
WBOY

West Virginia's Teacher of the Year 2014 spoke to some aspiring educators at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday night.

Erin Sponaugle, a fifth-grade teacher in Berkeley County, spoke to students about overcoming anxiety and switching majors in college to earn her degree in elementary education.

Sponaugle said she sees this year as an opportunity to become the voice of the profession.

"Who would I...

February 28, 2014

By Lacie Pierson
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The number of makeup days built in to the school calendars in Cabell and Wayne counties officially have been maxed out as of this week.

This year's winter has translated into missed instructional days that have reached double digits in each county, and with a snow day for both counties Wednesday, there officially were no more days in either school's calendar that school officials legally could utilize to make up for the...

February 28, 2014

By Hoppy Kercheval in Hoppy's Commentary | February 28, 2014 at 12:17AM

West Virginia’s public school teachers are going to end up with a pay raise out of this legislative session.  It will be a modest one, either two percent or $837 across the board.

WVEA President Dale Lee has been pushing for the dollar amount as opposed to the percentage because it would have more impact on starting salaries which, according to figures from the National Education Association, are $32,500...

February 28, 2014

By Beth Christian Broschart
The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON - A bill making its way through the state Legislature might make some students and teachers want to celebrate - with something sweet and delicious like a cupcake.

In 2008, a mandate from the West Virginia State Board of Education brought strict requirements on what students could be served during rewards or celebrations in school.

Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, introduced House Bill 4307 this term,...

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