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December-04-2015

Vote on PEIA cuts postponed
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A vote to cut health insurance benefits for more than 200,000 public employees and retirees by more than $120 million next year was postponed Thursday — not by a last-minute reprieve, but by a clerical error.

Members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board were poised to proceed with approval of what PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham has called draconian cuts, but...

December-03-2015

Delegates plan to introduce bill to change school calendar
By Pamela Pritt, The Register-Herald

The number of school days will be fewer for students, but teachers will have an extra five days of staff development if a bill proposed by Fayette County Delegate Dave Perry is passed in the upcoming legislative session.

Instructional days would be reduced to 175, including three inclement weather days, but teachers would still have 200 days of employment,...

December-03-2015

House easily passes NCLB rewrite
By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of failed efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor.

The legislation, approved 359-64, would return to the states the decision-making power...

December-03-2015

Graduation rate rises in West Virginia high schools
By MetroNews Staff

More students in West Virginia are graduating from high school, according to data released Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Education.

West Virginia saw a 2 percent increase from 84.5 percent in 2013-14 to 86.5 percent in 2014-15 in four-year graduation rates.

The graduation rate statewide has increased throughout the last five years, increasing nearly 20 percentage...

December-02-2015

County officials say they weren't contacted by TFA
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Officials from two of the three West Virginia counties that a Teach For America leader said the group plans to serve say they haven’t been contacted by the organization, and one official said his county likely won’t need the program.

“I have had no contact with anyone from Teach for America, and if I had, I have a feeling their plans would have been altered,”...

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