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January-13-2017

Fayette County gets most of its school system back from state control
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education voted Thursday to return the Fayette County school system to local control with the exception of facilities and finances related to facilities.

The state board seized control of the system in 2010 after a performance audit showed numerous problems with personnel, policies and maintenance. Many  things since...

January-12-2017

New movie shines proud light on WV State University
Chris Lawrence, WV metronews

“This is not a movie about race,” said West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins of the new film Hidden Figures. “This is a movie about coming together for a common good.”

Jenkins was one of a handful of West Virginia State officials, alumni, and students who were treated to a pre-screening of the picture ahead of its national release last weekend. The reason...

January-12-2017

With proposed policy changes, WV may abandon Smarter Balanced
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday, in a voice vote with no nays heard, to put out for public comment a policy that would shift the standardized tests for all public high schools from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course exams.

These yet-to-be-built tests would affect, to a yet-undeclared extent, students’ grades and their ability to...

January-12-2017

Protect WV campaign wants lawmakers to avoid budget cuts
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Budget cuts are not the answer to fix West Virginia’s financial crisis, according to a campaign group focused on state budget priorities.

Protect West Virginia held a press conference Wednesday, the first day of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, to urge state lawmakers to keep education, public safety and recreation programs in place.

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January-10-2017

With fiscal year half over state revenue collections fall short by nearly $100 million
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State revenue collections halfway through the fiscal year are approaching $100 million below estimates, state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday.

December collections missed the mark by $6.7 million leaving the state $98.2 million below estimates during the past six months. Other months have been worse, Kiss said during an appearance...

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