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March-05-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Education leaders hope the state's implementation of Project 24, a digital learning initiative, could eliminate snow days as we know them.

The way state Board of Education member Mike Green sees it, the project could mean a school system facing an inordinate number of snow days -- like many did this year -- would not have to cancel classes.

"Instead of the scrawl going across the bottom of the screen...

March-05-2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

State tax collections in West Virginia finished February a total of $9 million above estimates.

It was the second month in a row for better than expected revenue collections, but state officials said that’s largely due to a technicality since some insurance premium tax money came in earlier than expected.

Overall, revenue collections are $64 million below estimates for the year with just four months remaining until the fiscal year...

March-04-2014

By Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball
For The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This is the time of year when we decide on West Virginia's priorities through legislation and the budget process. There is no higher priority for the state than the wellbeing of West Virginia's youngest children. Funding early childhood education is not only the right thing to do, it's a smart investment for the state.

The governor's proposed budget cuts early childhood programs, including home-...

March-04-2014

By Jeff Jenkins
WV MetroNews

A Senate bill aimed at giving teachers a modest raise took a significant turn Monday when the House Education Committee proposed a far steeper pay hike.

The Senate bill included only an $837 across-the-board raise for teachers, but the House committee changed that to a three-year package totaling $6,000. The first year would see teachers earning an additional $1,000, the second year $2,000 and the third year $3,000.

The committee also...

March-03-2014

Dan Heyman, Public News Service-WV

(03/03/14) CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State lawmakers are struggling to close a big budget hole, but a close look shows the legislature dug that pit with business tax cuts over the last eight years. Sean O'Leary with the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy pointed out that state spending has been basically flat for some time, but the tax cuts made since 2006 are part of what is causing a budget gap of more than $200 million next year.

"We're...

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