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June 13, 2017

Senate plans to vote on budget bill, passes furlough bill
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate leaders say they plan to vote after 5 p.m. today on a budget bill.

“Our goal by this evening is to reach a resolution on our budget,” Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, said at the conclusion of this morning’s floor session.

The Senate also this morning passed its own version of a furlough bill ahead of the new...

June 13, 2017

State school board votes to deny Nicholas consolidation plan
By Craig Poole, WOWK 13 News

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The West Virginia State Board of Education has voted to deny consolidation in the Nicholas County case.

The state Board of Education is now asking the Nicholas County Board of Education to consider a proposal where a consolidated middle school and high school could be built in Richwood and in Summersville. The Nicholas County Board of...

June 14, 2017

State board rejects plan to consolidate Nicholas schools
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Tuesday to reject the Nicholas County school board’s proposal to consolidate five schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville onto one campus near Summersville.

The vote came after a surprise public presentation from a state School Building Authority official and the state schools superintendent on a general...

June 15, 2017

Nicholas school board to sue over consolidation plan denial
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nicholas County’s school board voted Wednesday night to sue to attempt to reverse the West Virginia Board of Education’s denial of its school consolidation plan.

No one was heard voting no in Wednesday’s voice vote for legal action, which came after the Nicholas board emerged from a more-than-two-hour closed session.

Rebecca Tinder, an attorney...

June 16, 2017

Late twist revives WV Gov. Justice’s revenue plan
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A tumultuous 19th day of the special session was marked by yet another twist Thursday evening, as the Senate dramatically passed the seemingly umpteenth version of Gov. Jim Justice’s revenue plan on a 30-2 vote (Senate Bill 1017).

That vote came at 8:20 p.m., some eight hours after a meeting Justice held with legislators to pitch his latest proposal seemed to end...

June 19, 2017

WV state school board considering no-labels school accountability plan
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following its abandonment of two “summative” labeling systems in three years, the West Virginia Board of Education is now considering a new school accountability system that would no longer give any overall labels to entire schools.

For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, the board’s “Accountability Index” labeled entire schools with words like “...

June 19, 2017

WV House, Senate pass bare bones budget
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With House and Senate leadership refusing to budge on their versions of bills to raise tax revenue to close shortfalls in the 2017-18 budget, a frustrated, angry and exhausted Legislature figuratively threw up its hands Friday evening, passing a bare-bones $4.225 billion budget bill (Senate Bill 1013).

That’s some $125 million less than the version of the budget sought by Gov....

June 20, 2017

Carmichael, Armstead implore Justice to sign budget bill
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead don’t know if the governor is going to sign their budget bill or not — but they say he should.

Both legislative leaders appeared this morning on MetroNews’ “Talkline.” Like others, they are wondering what action Gov. Jim Justice will take on the $4.225 billion budget the Legislature passed late Friday....

June 20, 2017

Report: Black students disciplined at higher rate in WV schools
JAKE JARVIS, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia State University hosting the “State of African Americans in West Virginia: K-12 Education Equity Summit” at the school’s student union on Monday morning.

In the state’s public schools, black children are disciplined at higher rates than white students and other minority groups,...

June 21, 2017

Proposed WV budget includes deep cuts to education, arts, tourism
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In addition to cuts to higher education, public education and Medicaid, other West Virginia cultural, educational and tourism programs would take it on the chin under the version of the 2017-18 budget bill passed by the Legislature Friday night, an analysis of the budget proposal shows.

Culture and History, Education and the Arts, the Library...

June 21, 2017

BREAKING: Gov. Jim Justice will allow the budget bill to become law, but he will not sign it.  

June 22, 2017

What the new state budget does and doesn't do
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice says a budget he’s allowing to become law without his signature is a travesty.

The budget passed last Friday night by the Legislature does make cuts to a wide variety of state programs.

It’s about $280 million less than what the governor proposed in his State of the State address and almost $125 million less than the budget the...

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