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December 21, 2015

WV state school superintendent says it’s time to act on Fayette schools
By Rusty Marks, State Journal

State School Superintendent Michael Martirano said he will do whatever it takes to get a consolidation plan put together to save Fayette County’s crumbling schools.
“We’ve got to pull the adult agendas out of here and do what’s right for the kids,” Martirano said. “Something has to be done. My kids are suffering.”

On Dec. 14, board members of the...

December 21, 2015

Statehouse Beat: Don’t blame PEIA board for proposed cuts
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

One of my most bitter childhood memories was a spanking I received for something I hadn’t done. Some years later, I realized dad had inflicted the spanking to cover up his own culpability in the matter.

I thought of that with the ongoing verbal “spanking” of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board by Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker...

December 22, 2015

Salary tied to shortage of fully certified teachers
By Renata Di Gregorio, WDTV.com

State officials are working on our education system, but a challenge to this is not having enough fully-certified educators. Our Department of Education found nearly 600 teaching positions aren't filled. It seems to come down to losing teachers to other states because the salaries here aren't as high.

The good news is most of our area doesn't have as many teacher vacancies...

December 23, 2015

Source: “very confident” Booth Goodwin will run for Governor
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth Goodwin, will likely enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor in the coming weeks, creating a three-way contest in the Primary Election.

Chuck Smith, a Charleston CPA and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, is among those pushing Goodwin.  “I–along...

December 23, 2015

Pasdon resigns House seat
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates leadership team announced her resignation in a news release Wednesday posted on the legislature’s website.

House Education Committee Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia) called her decision, which takes effect Jan. 1, a difficult one.

“I have truly enjoyed the past five years representing my constituents and serving in the...

December 23, 2015

U.S. Census: WV continues to lose residents
By Daniel Desrochers, Kanawha County Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia lost more than 6,100 people between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, according to the 2015 population estimates put out by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage-wise, West Virginia’s 0.25 percent decrease was the largest in the country. Six other states lost population, according to the Census: Illinois, Connecticut, Mississippi,...

December 28, 2015

Marple requests rehearing of Supreme Court ruling dismissing case
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Attorneys for ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple have requested a rehearing of the West Virginia Supreme Court’s unanimous Nov. 10 decision to dismiss her case against the state Board of Education.

In a petition filed with the high court earlier this month, Marple’s lawyers take issue with the justices’ finding that...

December 28, 2015

WV’s first inter-county elementary only 60 percent full 
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

State School Building Authority officials say West Virginia’s first inter-county elementary school, built with $10.3 million in SBA money, has only about 60 percent of the students planned for it.

The school, Leading Creek Elementary, consolidated Troy Elementary, in Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary, in Lewis County. It was built...

December 29, 2015

Goodwin resigning from office; clearing way for governor's run
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin is resigning from office, less than a month after completing one of the highest-profile criminal cases in West Virginia history, and paving the way for a widely anticipated run for governor.

Goodwin announced his resignation Monday afternoon after a meeting with his staff. The resignation is effective at the end of 2015....

December 29, 2015

Daniel Hall to resign from Senate, creating 'unique situation'
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State Sen. Daniel Hall, whose party switch days after last year’s elections shifted the Senate to Republican control, is resigning to become a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, leaving some doubt about which party will control the West Virginia Senate.

Hall, of Wyoming County, was elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 2012, but he...

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