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October-20-2014

The Public Employee Insurance Agency is asking covered members to comment on proposed cuts that could change deductibles, copays and some coverage options next year. Several public hearings will be held around the state in November, and the PEIA Finance Board is expected to vote on the 2015-2016 benefits package in December.

Public hearings are scheduled beginning Nov. 10, 2014, and running through Nov. 20 in Beckley, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling and Charleston. See...

October-20-2014

By WV MetroNews Staff  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaders in education in West Virginia are starting out the week in Charleston for The Education Alliance’s annual statewide education summit dubbed “Excellence In Education: It’s Everyone’s Business.”

This is the second year the Education Alliance has held such a summit for business, education and community leaders. It will open at 9 a.m. at Embassy Suites.

“As a former teacher and as a father, I understand the importance of a...

October-17-2014

By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette

The Public Employees Insurance Agency needs to cut health-care benefits by $40 million next year — and will let insurees vote on what benefits to cut.

“We’re going to ask our constituents how they want these $40 million of benefit cuts distributed,” PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham said Thursday.

PEIA Finance Board members on Thursday approved a menu of possible cuts to take out to public hearings statewide next month,...

October-14-2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews 

The president of the West Virginia Education Association says he’s encouraged by how the Mountain State’s students did on the SAT this year.

“We’re doing some really great things in public education in West Virginia,” Dale Lee said of the results on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Overall, numbers from The College Board showed West Virginia’s students improved in core subject areas of reading, writing and math on the SAT (Scholastic...

October-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

The more that students in West Virginia are disciplined in school, the more likely they are to do poorly in academics, a new report shows.

“A growing body of research provides evidence of a link between school discipline practices — especially the use of suspensions — with lower academic achievement,” Andy Whisman, assistant director of research and evaluation for the West Virginia Department of Education, told state school...

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