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March-29-2017

McDowell County worst on health rankings; other southern counties rank poorly
By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter

McDowell County ranks as West Virginia's least healthy county, according to the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings.  

Other southern counties ranked in the top five with the poorest health — Mingo, Wyoming, Logan and Mercer. 

Not much higher in the rankings were Fayette (No. 48), Raleigh (No. 45), Nicholas (No. 43)...

March-29-2017

House passes bill nixing RESAs, OEPA, 180 separate school days mandate
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates voted 76-24 Tuesday to pass on to the Senate a bill that eliminates the eight Regional Education Services Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate that public school year calendars have at...

March-28-2017

Student-teacher ratio, home-school bills WV House near passage
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates is on the brink of passing House Bill 3088, which would remove the cap on the number of students per teacher in sixth-grade public school classrooms.

Delegates also are close to passing...

March-26-2017

WV Senate Finance Committee delays action on $79M education funding cut
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

Amid criticism from Democrats and questions about the bill’s constitutionality, West Virginia’s Senate Finance Committee postponed Saturday taking action on a bill that would cut state funding to public education next fiscal year by about $79 million.

Senate Bill 609 would also newly authorize county school boards to raise regular levy property-tax rates if...

March-24-2017

Daily Mail editorial: To improve education, stop micromanaging educators
Charleston Gazette-Mail

It seems like the state’s governing structure for public education is sort of like your 12th-grade English teacher at the time the class was assigned to write its first term paper (before such assignments were done online).

The teacher issues a long list of instructions: Center the heading at the top of Page 1. Double-space each line. Set the left margin at 1...

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