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January-20-2015

By Shauna Johnson

WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Even though Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing no pay raises for teachers in the coming year, lawmakers are still expected to have a teacher pay raise proposal to consider during the ongoing Regular Legislative Session.

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, said a bill will soon be introduced at the State House that, if approved, would put into state code yearly increases to take the...

January-16-2015

By Phil Kabler

The Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed a $4.77 billion 2015-16 West Virginia budget Wednesday that includes no tax increases and essentially no pay raises for state or public school employees.

For the first time since the State Budget Office has prepared six-year budget projections, the proposed budget reduces spending in the state’s base budget by nearly $40 million.

The budget also calls for dipping into the Revenue Shortfall...

January-16-2015

By Samuel Speciale

Charleston Daily Mail

A proposed school calendar with an early start date had the support of several stakeholder groups who spoke Thursday at the Kanawha County Board of Education meeting.

The calendar, which would have students in school from Aug. 10 to May 24, is nearly identical to the one Kanawha County is using this year. It also allocates one week for Thanksgiving and spring breaks and two full weeks for winter break.

A second calendar...

January-16-2015

By Ryan Quinn

The Charleston Gazette

The Calhoun County school district’s deficit at the end of last fiscal year surpassed $1.8 million, exceeding one-fifth of its annual operating budget, but recent drastic efforts to reduce it have received opposition from employees.

Superintendent Tim Woodward, who joined the district in March, said that despite losing $350,000 annually in state funding over the past several years due to declining enrollment – Calhoun dropped from 1,...

January-15-2015

By David Gutman, Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s announcement that he will introduce legislation to expand the hiring of teachers who do not have a background in teaching has the state’s teachers unions taking a wait-and-see approach.

“We must give local school systems better flexibility to train and hire subject-matter experts to fill long-term vacancies in critical subject areas,” Tomblin said during his State of the State address Wednesday night.

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