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February-08-2017

DeVos confirmed; WVEA leader says it’s now wait and see
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could have an immediate impact on public schools in West Virginia.

DeVos was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday on a 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie after a 24-hour talk-athon by senators against DeVos, the charter school advocate...

February-07-2017

Manchin maintains opposition as DeVos vote draws near
By Amanda Mangan, WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A vote could come Tuesday in the U.S. Senate on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary and that vote could be 50-50 split just like West Virginia’s U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito.

Manchin said on Potomac Highlands Today on MetroNews affiliate WKLP DeVos does not understand the public school system because she has...

February-06-2017

Justice pursuing a 'different course' in education
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

When Lloyd Jackson announced his immediate resignation from his vice president spot on the West Virginia Board of Education, he noted it was at former governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s suggestion that the board helped develop “significant policies that are calculated to improve student achievement.”

Jackson wrote in his Tuesday night resignation news release that these...

February-03-2017

Armstead says needed cuts won't spare education, DHHR
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Speaker of the House Tim Armstead said Thursday that the state can’t make “necessary” cuts in the upcoming legislative session if it doesn’t cut funding for education and the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Legislature faces a possible half-a-billion-dollar funding gap in next fiscal year’s budget if it doesn’t act to reduce...

February-03-2017

New state board members target A through F policy
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s state school board has a new president and vice president, four new members and another still to come — plus the desire to upend the A through F school grading system the previous incarnation of the board put into place just last fall.

This all happened at an emergency meeting called because previous board president Mike Green and vice...

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