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By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- During the monthly West Virginia Board of Education meeting on Wednesday -- the same day of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address -- board members established an "implementation timeline" for the public education agenda that the governor tasked them with in his address one year ago. 

Three of the 18 items listed in the board's timeline have been marked "completed": reduce personal services within the Department of Education;...


By Jeff Jenkins in News 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing pay  for state workers in a tight budget year. The governor unveiled the plan during his State of the State Address Wednesday night.

Tomblin wants to increase teacher and school service personnel pay by 2 percent and give all other state workers a $504 increase. It will be the first pay raise for the workers in two years.

While encouraged a proposed raise made it into what’s expected to be a...


Tomblin address to focus on economy, education
By Phil Kabler

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Continuing efforts to promote economic development and improve public schools will highlight Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's fourth State of the State address Wednesday evening, spokeswoman Amy Schuler Goodwin said Tuesday.

"He'll be talking about our commitment to our students," she said. "He'll also be talking about the great gains we've made in our economic development agenda."

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By Jenni Vincent, 

MARTINSBURG - With less than a week before the new legislative session gets underway, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is pleased that more than two-thirds of the county boards of education have voted to support a statewide measure aimed at making state teacher salaries more competitive - regionally as well as nationally.

As of Thursday, 41 of the state's 55 counties had formally endorsed the resolution, which organizers...


W.Va. teachers unions want raises
By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Leaders of West Virginia's teachers unions are hoping that this year's State of the State address will promise something that last year's education-heavy address did not: pay raises for teachers. 

Education reform was the cornerstone of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 2013 speech, which resulted in Senate Bill 359, a wide-ranging proposal calling for everything from increased third-grade reading proficiency...