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June-08-2017

Conference committee meeting to discuss revenue bill
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Differences over a revenue bill meant to be a key component of a state budget for the coming fiscal year are now to be worked out in conference committee.

After days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the state Senate appointed a conference committee consisting of Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, Minority Leader Roman Prezioso and senators Craig Blair, Ed...

June-07-2017

Manchin, Capito question DeVos on education budget
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON — During more than two hours of testimony Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos answered questions from Senate subcommittee members regarding the Trump administration’s budget proposal.

The administration put forward a $59 billion education budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a $9 billion reduction from the 2017 continuing resolution.

Two senators who...

June-07-2017

State education office taking comments on disabilities policy
By WV MetroNews Staff

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education held its second of three public hearings on revisions to the state’s policy regarding students with specialized instruction related to disabilities.

The department’s Office of Special Education held its meeting Tuesday at the Edison Professional Development Center, a facility of Kanawha County Schools. The...

June-05-2017

Nicholas County judge: School board didn't violate open-meeting laws
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A Nicholas County Circuit judge ruled Friday the Nicholas County Board of Education did not violate open-meeting laws when discussing consolidation plans within the school system.

Circuit Judge James Rowe said there was no “convincing evidence” secret meetings occurred to discuss consolidating five institutions into two schools, and the...

June-02-2017

Education, training part of work participation problem
Editorial, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV

West Virginia is not the only state seeing a decline in work-force participation.

The percentage of men and women with a job has been gradually sliding across the country since the mid-1990s.

Unfortunately, the Mountain State just has ended up in the worst spot, with the lowest workforce participation rate in the country. Among all adults, only...

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