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March-17-2014

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (editorial)

In the past, learning how to write in cursive was an important part of every American child’s education. Skill with a pen was an essential part of being able to communicate. Many letters and everyday documents such as property records and wills were written in cursive.

The importance assigned to cursive writing changed as communications technology changed. Typewriters gave people the ability to draft letters and documents in print. This...

March-14-2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Less than a week after the close of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, lawmakers were called back into a Special Session at the State Capitol in Charleston on Friday.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin included at least eleven bills that, he said, largely had support from members of the both the state Senate and state House of Delegates during the 60-day session on the Special Session call.

“They worked them during the session.  Both Houses...

March-14-2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

The high amount of absenteeism in school on the first days of hunting season was a point of discussion Thursday at the Marshall County Board of Education's second public meeting on the school calendar at Cameron High School.

About 20 parents, students and teachers attended the meeting to review the county's "working calendar" and give input on what they would like to see for the 2014-15 school year....

March-14-2014

By Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House and Senate have come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next fiscal year. The process was stalled earlier in the week.

Negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor centered on two issues: how much money to pull from the state Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and how much money they could use to expand the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for seniors.

The program...

March-13-2014

By David Gutman
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Board of Education members may ask Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to veto a recently passed bill that gives teachers total autonomy over how they use their daily planning period.

The bill, which passed both the state Senate and the House of Delegates unanimously, states that teachers have full say over how they use their time and cannot be compelled to attend meetings, parent-teacher conferences or other events...

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