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November 23, 2014

By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette  

After three years of spending down its reserve fund in lieu of premium increases, the state Public Employees Insurance Agency has reached the point where the fund will bottom out in 2015-16, forcing the agency to come up with nearly $40 million of benefits cuts, including $30 million for current state employees, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday.

Cheatham was grilled by members of the Joint Committee...

November 26, 2014

By Kimberly Hefling - AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.

Under the rules proposed Tuesday, only training programs deemed to be working well would be eligible to receive money from federal TEACH grants given to prospective teachers who agree to teach in disadvantaged schools....

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