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November 18, 2016

PEIA to consider public comments following series of hearings
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Board members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency will spend the next few weeks reviewing public comments before taking a vote on a plan involving proposed benefit reductions for state workers and retirees.

Those comments came from a series of pubic hearings held across West Virginia this month. The final meeting was Thursday night at...

November 18, 2016

Teachers, state employees rail against proposed PEIA benefit cuts
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jon Dodds doesn’t like the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s plan to cut state and school workers’ health insurance benefits by $25 million next year.

During the past week, Dodds, a network engineer at Fairmont State University, has crisscrossed the state, speaking against the proposed PEIA cuts. He has attended public hearings in...

November 21, 2016

Senate Finance chair calls any tax hikes in New Year a “non-starter” with Legislature
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A proposed budget that is not balanced with tax increases is what Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04) said members of the Legislature want to see from Governor-elect Jim Justice in the New Year.

Hall pointed to the results of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed 2016 tax hikes, when only a tobacco tax hike was approved...

November 21, 2016

Carmichael secures vote to become next State Senate President
By MetroNews Staff

State Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) has secured the vote to become the next President of the West Virginia State Senate.

Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha), who was also in the running, conceded to Carmichael Saturday night.

A number of senators favored Gaunch as a candidate for the position because they were dissatisfied with the leadership of the...

November 21, 2016

Daily Mail editorial: What grade to give the WV public school grading system?

On the surface, it would make sense to grade West Virginia’s public schools on an A through F system. After all, isn’t that how students are measured?

Yet, it is much more complicated to tell how well a school — that collective organization of students, teachers, administrators, staff and community — is performing.

For instance, in Kanawha County, Mary C. Snow West Side...

November 23, 2016

Trump picks Betsy DeVos for education secretary post
Chad Livengood, Jonathan Oosting and Michael Gerstein, Detroit News

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation’s education policy.

Lansing — President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint West Michigan GOP mega...

November 28, 2016

Congratulations, West Virginia. You have joined the 17 states that label schools with an A-F grade.
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

What have we learned?

Surprise, surprise, the grades track reliably with area household income and everything that comes with it — greater stability at home, opportunity, better health, security.

The F school we know best is Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston.

Families served by that...

November 29, 2016

Counties to lose varying amounts to deal with budget cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s latest mid-year budget cut means Kanawha County’s public school system is slated to lose roughly $1.1 million.

That’s according to the West Virginia Department of Education’s response to the state Budget Office regarding how it would disburse Tomblin’s $11.1 million ordered cut among the 55 county public school systems.

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