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November-21-2016

Daily Mail editorial: What grade to give the WV public school grading system?

On the surface, it would make sense to grade West Virginia’s public schools on an A through F system. After all, isn’t that how students are measured?

Yet, it is much more complicated to tell how well a school — that collective organization of students, teachers, administrators, staff and community — is performing.

For instance, in Kanawha County, Mary C. Snow West Side...

November-21-2016

Carmichael secures vote to become next State Senate President
By MetroNews Staff

State Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) has secured the vote to become the next President of the West Virginia State Senate.

Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha), who was also in the running, conceded to Carmichael Saturday night.

A number of senators favored Gaunch as a candidate for the position because they were dissatisfied with the leadership of the...

November-21-2016

Senate Finance chair calls any tax hikes in New Year a “non-starter” with Legislature
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A proposed budget that is not balanced with tax increases is what Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04) said members of the Legislature want to see from Governor-elect Jim Justice in the New Year.

Hall pointed to the results of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed 2016 tax hikes, when only a tobacco tax hike was approved...

November-18-2016

Teachers, state employees rail against proposed PEIA benefit cuts
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jon Dodds doesn’t like the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s plan to cut state and school workers’ health insurance benefits by $25 million next year.

During the past week, Dodds, a network engineer at Fairmont State University, has crisscrossed the state, speaking against the proposed PEIA cuts. He has attended public hearings in...

November-18-2016

PEIA to consider public comments following series of hearings
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Board members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency will spend the next few weeks reviewing public comments before taking a vote on a plan involving proposed benefit reductions for state workers and retirees.

Those comments came from a series of pubic hearings held across West Virginia this month. The final meeting was Thursday night at...

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