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October-28-2014

By Kimberly Hefling 
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new president of the nation's largest teachers union is a guitar-playing, Spanish-speaking author who takes over as once-sacred tenure protections are challenged and new Common Core standards roll out in much of the country.

The National Education Association's Lily Eskelsen Garcia, a former Utah teacher of the year, does not shy from criticizing what she describes as "toxic" testing. For the union's 3...

October-21-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Education leaders and teachers from across the state got down to business Monday in Charleston at the West Virginia Education Summit sponsored by the West Virginia Education Alliance.

Organizers said the goal is to bring educators and the community together to learn what each needs to do to ensure students graduate with the skills they need to enter the workforce.

Winfield Middle School 7th grade science teacher...

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,...

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