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December-09-2015

Nomination deadline nears for teacher achievement awards
The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The nomination deadline is approaching for the 2015-2016 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program.

The program is the longest-running privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 4, 2016.

Each nominated teacher will be required to complete a rigorous application focusing on the teaching profession and their...

December-08-2015

WVBE member files ethics complaint against board president
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

As an expected decision on funding Fayette County’s controversial school consolidation plan nears, a West Virginia Board of Education member has filed an ethics complaint against the board’s president regarding related issues.

State school board member Bill White said he signed a complaint Thursday against board President Mike Green, alleging that a state...

December-07-2015

Congress set to pass wide-ranging schools bill
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following the U.S. House of Representatives’ overwhelming bipartisan vote in support, the Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill that would eliminate federal mandates regarding teacher evaluations and increase flexibility in how states hold their schools accountable.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which includes many more national education changes, is a...

December-07-2015

State budget problems continue to grow
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Friday the state’s budget problems are going to continue to grow following another month of missing the mark on revenue collections.

The state collected $290 million in taxes in November, which was $22.9 million below estimates. Following four months of the fiscal year, the state is $114.5 million below where it thought it would be, Kiss said.

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December-04-2015

Vote on PEIA cuts postponed
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A vote to cut health insurance benefits for more than 200,000 public employees and retirees by more than $120 million next year was postponed Thursday — not by a last-minute reprieve, but by a clerical error.

Members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board were poised to proceed with approval of what PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham has called draconian cuts, but...

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