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March 14, 2014

By Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House and Senate have come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next fiscal year. The process was stalled earlier in the week.

Negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor centered on two issues: how much money to pull from the state Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and how much money they could use to expand the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for seniors.

The program...

March 14, 2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Less than a week after the close of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, lawmakers were called back into a Special Session at the State Capitol in Charleston on Friday.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin included at least eleven bills that, he said, largely had support from members of the both the state Senate and state House of Delegates during the 60-day session on the Special Session call.

“They worked them during the session.  Both Houses...

March 14, 2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

The high amount of absenteeism in school on the first days of hunting season was a point of discussion Thursday at the Marshall County Board of Education's second public meeting on the school calendar at Cameron High School.

About 20 parents, students and teachers attended the meeting to review the county's "working calendar" and give input on what they would like to see for the 2014-15 school year....

March 17, 2014

By Jenni Vincent
The Journal

MARTINSBURG - State changes now mean that county boards of education have more flexibility in setting school calendars, so policymakers - who know their own district's needs best - could choose options that work well locally.

The new regulations have been discussed at area board of education meetings, especially as officials searched for ways for making up lost instructional time this winter while also looking ahead to creating a calendar for...

March 17, 2014

By Jonathan Mattise 
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia budget approved by lawmakers Friday dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.

The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 to pass next year's budget. The proposal would take $147.5 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.

A secondary bill that passed Friday will free up another $21 million from...

March 17, 2014

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (editorial)

In the past, learning how to write in cursive was an important part of every American child’s education. Skill with a pen was an essential part of being able to communicate. Many letters and everyday documents such as property records and wills were written in cursive.

The importance assigned to cursive writing changed as communications technology changed. Typewriters gave people the ability to draft letters and documents in print. This...

March 18, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School districts across the state asked the West Virginia School Building Authority for funding for various projects Monday.

The SBA's spring meeting will continue today with Kanawha County Schools, the state's largest district, asking for more than $2 million to add on to Andrews Heights Elementary, where some students are housed in portable classrooms.

A total of 19 counties plan to ask for funding,...

March 18, 2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

It’s a reserve account designated for emergencies, but there’s still disagreement at the State House about whether West Virginia’s current financial situation is the kind of catastrophe meriting a $120 million dip into the Rainy Day Fund.

“I’m very glad that we had a savings account where we didn’t have to cut services for children or seniors or whatever the case may be to get us over this little bump in the road,” said House Majority Whip...

March 18, 2014

By Ryan Quinn 
The Charleston Gazette

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Board of Education is asking for public input on the 2014-15 school calendar, but Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said Monday the board's options are greatly constrained by state regulations, including new ones going into effect.

The new rules, instituted by Senate Bill 359, didn't affect this school year. The county schools are now mandated to have all 180 instructional days, said Cindy Daniel,...

March 19, 2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter 

BECKLEY — A Raleigh County teacher’s union representative said Tuesday that teachers would like the Raleigh Board of Education to hire a superintendent who will improve teacher morale and implement classroom technology in a way that is relevant to student needs.

Marie Hamrick, West Virginia Education Association-Raleigh County co-president, made her remarks after current Raleigh Schools Superintendent Jim Brown...

March 19, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

The state's only school for deaf and blind students is still looking for a source of funding to make improvements to its outdated facilities.

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind's current facilities, which were built in 1938, do not meet federal and state standards and pose safety risks to students, but finding an entity to pay for a campus overhaul isn't easy, school superintendent Lynn Boyer said.

Boyer...

March 20, 2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS-TV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A bill is on Governor Tomblin's desk that would increase teacher pay in West Virginia by $1,000 a year, but that won't make a dent in the disparity of what teachers here earn compared to neighboring states. The state's low pay scale presents significant challenges for schools, but some districts are taking steps to help combat those challenges.

Kristi Gibb is a library media specialist at Vinson Middle School in Wayne County....

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