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December-02-2014

By Marla Pisciotta  For The State Journal  

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind has not experienced significant capital projects in nearly 40 years, with the last buildings erected in the 1970s.

On top of that, the Romney schools have not experienced significant renovation in nearly 30 years with only one sizable renovation occurring to Seaton Hall in the 1980s.

That situation may change in the near future.

Due to an ongoing push from Delegate...

November-26-2014

By Kimberly Hefling - AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.

Under the rules proposed Tuesday, only training programs deemed to be working well would be eligible to receive money from federal TEACH grants given to prospective teachers who agree to teach in disadvantaged schools....

November-23-2014

By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette  

After three years of spending down its reserve fund in lieu of premium increases, the state Public Employees Insurance Agency has reached the point where the fund will bottom out in 2015-16, forcing the agency to come up with nearly $40 million of benefits cuts, including $30 million for current state employees, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday.

Cheatham was grilled by members of the Joint Committee...

November-22-2014

By WVEA Staff

Early voting begins today in West Virginia and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

This is a pivotal year for our interests. It's important to back candidates who will not only support the Competitive Pay Campaign but will also help us ward off Teach for America, charter schools legislation, weakened seniority rights and much more.

The candidates endorsed in this ...

November-21-2014

By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

State employees and retirees vented their displeasure with the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s proposal to cut their health insurance benefits by a total of $40 million during a public hearing Thursday evening at the Charleston Civic Center.

“It is similar to asking us if we want to be in a head-on collision, or get T-boned on the highway,” Joe White, with the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, said of asking employees which...

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