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April 1, 2016

Deadline day has reached for governor to sign bills
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says a bill that would change the public school calendar process “kind of takes us back a little bit.”

Tomblin will make a decision on the measure (HB 4171) by the end of the day Friday. April 1 is the deadline for the governor to sign or veto bills passed in the final hours of the 60-day legislative session.

The bill allows for school systems to...

April 3, 2016

Tomblin vetoes pair of bills altering school calendar, standards
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would have altered the school calendar and education standards in West Virginia.

One bill (HB-4171) would have allowed schools systems to use banked time to count toward the 180 day requirement and required school to end by June 10, and start no sooner than Aug. 10.

The other bill (HB-4014) would...

April 3, 2016

Lawmakers, educators react to Tomblin vetoes of education bills
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

Lawmakers and education leaders alike said Saturday that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a bill that would allow accrued minutes to grow into instructional days is “a slap in the face.”

Delegate George “Boogie” Ambler, R-Greenbrier, said HB 4171 was “the one thing teachers saw as something that the legislature was doing to help with education.”

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April 3, 2016

Tomblin veto favors state educators, kids
Register Herald editorial

The Governor’s message to legislators was clear Friday when he vetoed two education bills: Be patient and let the professionals do their jobs.

We would have added: Stop meddling and mucking up matters.

As originally designed, House Bill 4014 would have prohibited teachers from using Common Core educational standards. After it emerged from the sausage-making legislative...

April 5, 2016

Mixed reviews for Tomblin's vetoes
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Many current and retired teachers along with school administrators in West Virginia continue to criticize Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes of two education bills the Legislature approved during the 2016 Regular Legislative Session.

“I’m very livid and very displeased with the Governor,” said Delegate Dave Perry (D-Fayette, 32), who retired after 35 years in education, of the Friday...

April 7, 2016

Senate, House leaders weigh budget cut scenarios
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders in the House and Senate have met by conference call in the last two days further discussing possible budget cuts in connection with the next state budget.

The Tomblin administration has put out a handful of scenarios on what impact $270 million in cuts with no tax increases would have, Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall said Thursday on...

April 12, 2016

Commentary: Gov. Tomblin's hypothetical budget cutting options
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

Legislative leaders and members of the Tomblin administration continue their private and arduous discussions on what the state’s FY 2017 budget should look like. Principals have purposely toned down the public finger-pointing to try to relieve the inevitable tension associated with the fiscally and politically difficult negotiations.

“We’re meeting, we’re...

April 13, 2016

National teacher of the year addresses WVU faculty, students
By Sunshine Wiles, MetroNews

The 2015 National Teacher of the Year Award recipient is an English instructor, loves Shakespeare, is a literacy advocate and is on tour mentoring studying teachers and influencing academic leaders nationwide.

Shanna Peeples, of Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, spent Tuesday leading discussions in Morgantown on curriculum, teacher pay, motivation and...

April 13, 2016

Big mistake - Ignoring revenue for massive cuts to state budget is wrong
Register-Herald editorial

Just when we thought the 2016 legislative session in Charleston couldn’t have been any worse, we hear reports that budget negotiators are considering excessively harsh and short-sighted cuts to the state’s budget.

That would be a massive mistake. If you have the stomach for just how deep and how destructive those cuts would be, read on. But don’t...

April 14, 2016

Tomblin: No special session until there’s a budget agreement
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to call the West Virginia Legislature into special session to pass the 2016-17 state budget until there’s agreement on how to close a $270 million budget shortfall — and he said that hasn’t happened yet.

“I think there’s a spirit to come together and work, but there’s not been an...

April 15, 2016

Raleigh delegate says House not close on budget talks
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A delegate involved in the state budget negotiations said Thursday on MetroNews Talkline the House Democrats and Republicans haven’t reached a consensus on what a new budget should look like.

“My assessment is we’re fundamentally not a whole lot closer than what we were when we left town,” Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh) said.

The divide comes in...

April 18, 2016

Cabell school nurses to begin administering naloxone for opioid overdoses
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

School nurses in Cabell County will soon be allowed to administer the drug naloxone if a student or adult on campus experiences an opioid overdose.

“We’re just trying to be proactive and be prepared in case that would happen,” said Todd Alexander, assistant superintendent of Cabell County Schools.

The state Board of Education approved a...

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