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July-07-2015

State school board president: ‘We have to value education more’
By Carrie Hodousek, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Amd debates about West Virginia schools playing catch-up during June in order to meet the 180-day requirement, State School Board president Gayle Manchin says parents, teachers and children should value education more.

[“Instead of saying ‘What about 180?’ why aren’t we saying ‘Why isn’t there 200? Or 210?’ (days),” Manchin told MetroNews “...

July-07-2015

U.S. Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind
By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The Senate today begins debate on a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, which set national education standards but quickly became unpopular with teachers and parents because of its emphasis on standardized testing.

The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when...

July-06-2015

West Virginia Head Start programs share federal funding
The Associated Press

Seven Head Start or Early Head Start programs across West Virginia are sharing more than $17 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the Department of Health and Human Services funding on Thursday. The programs provide health, nutrition, education and social services to West Virginia families and children.

The grants range from...

July-06-2015

Fewer students, younger teachers cited for drop in state education budget
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Department of Education’s budget decreased by $85.3 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which started last week, because of decreased student enrollment, continued retirements of higher-paid teachers, increased property values and lower required retirement payments.

That’s...

July-01-2015

Prevailing wage repeal may have to be revisited, says original sponsor
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A “true wage” is what he’s after, but state Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley, 15) said he doubts that’s what’s going to come out of the ongoing prevailing wage calculations from WorkForce West Virginia authorized in a new state law.

Data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, must be factored in, Blair...

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