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March-24-2017

Paine picked to return as WV state schools superintendent
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

Steve Paine will return for a second stint as West Virginia schools superintendent. State Board of Education members voted to hire him Thursday, after several hours of closed-door meetings.

Paine, who was superintendent from mid-2005 through the end of 2010, and two other candidates were interviewed, and Paine was then hired at an annual salary of $230,000. The board...

March-23-2017

Governor suggests state’s population decline will continue if budget “cut to the bone”
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

In the wake of the release of U.S. Census data unfavorable to the state, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice predicts residents will continue to flee the state if the State Legislature presents a budget that’s too heavy and reliant on cuts to services.

“You’ve got to find a way out of it that’s not taking an aspirin for cancer and just...

March-23-2017

Education bills concern WVEA president in Charleston
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The bill which would give West Virginia teachers and school service workers a payraise has cleared its first hurdle in Charleston.  The K-12 Education proposed by Governor Jim Justice bill won late night approval Wednesday in the House Finance Committee with the pay improvement intact.   It’s unknown how long that will stand however as the bill goes to the House Finance...

March-21-2017

Ed. official: Paine, D’Antoni, Hess are WV schools chief finalists
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education’s has selected three finalists for state schools superintendent, according to an education official.

The finalists are: Steve Paine, who served as state superintendent from mid-2005 through the end of 2010; Kathy D’Antoni, the state Department of Education’s chief career and technical education officer; and Blaine...

March-21-2017

Despite concerns about lower and middle class, tax bill moves forward
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislation to substantially change West Virginia’s tax system continues to move forward in the Senate, despite concerns that it could hurt lower- and middle-class families and state retailers.

A Senate finance subcommittee on Monday advanced the Tax Reform Act (SB 335), which in its current version would significantly reduce income tax,...

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