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December-23-2015

Source: “very confident” Booth Goodwin will run for Governor
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth Goodwin, will likely enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor in the coming weeks, creating a three-way contest in the Primary Election.

Chuck Smith, a Charleston CPA and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, is among those pushing Goodwin.  “I–along...

December-22-2015

Salary tied to shortage of fully certified teachers
By Renata Di Gregorio, WDTV.com

State officials are working on our education system, but a challenge to this is not having enough fully-certified educators. Our Department of Education found nearly 600 teaching positions aren't filled. It seems to come down to losing teachers to other states because the salaries here aren't as high.

The good news is most of our area doesn't have as many teacher vacancies...

December-21-2015

Statehouse Beat: Don’t blame PEIA board for proposed cuts
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

One of my most bitter childhood memories was a spanking I received for something I hadn’t done. Some years later, I realized dad had inflicted the spanking to cover up his own culpability in the matter.

I thought of that with the ongoing verbal “spanking” of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board by Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker...

December-21-2015

WV state school superintendent says it’s time to act on Fayette schools
By Rusty Marks, State Journal

State School Superintendent Michael Martirano said he will do whatever it takes to get a consolidation plan put together to save Fayette County’s crumbling schools.
“We’ve got to pull the adult agendas out of here and do what’s right for the kids,” Martirano said. “Something has to be done. My kids are suffering.”

On Dec. 14, board members of the...

December-21-2015

Board aims to educate lawmaker on school system
By James Blankenship | Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2015 5:00 am

PRINCETON — When the West Virginia Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 13, 2016, representatives including West Virginia Senate President and gubernatorial candidate Senator Bill Cole will be well-educated on the issues that weigh heavy on the minds of the Mercer County Board of Education.

A legislative panel met with the board ahead of the...

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