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January-21-2015

Teachers want to unite, sue over retirement investment
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

Attorneys argued from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday about whether possibly more than 4,100 current and former West Virginia school employees can band together in a lawsuit against a company that allegedly misled them into investing retirement savings into a plan that didn’t perform as well as the traditional state Teachers’ Retirement System.

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January-21-2015

By Samuel Speciale

Charleston Daily Mail

State senators who drafted a resolution urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to fill vacancies on the West Virginia Board of Education said Tuesday they expect the governor to make an appointment soon.

The state Senate Education Committee intended to pass the resolution Tuesday, but state Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, withdrew it when he learned Tomblin is planning to announce his appointment in the coming days. Sypolt is the committee’s...

January-20-2015

By Shauna Johnson

WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Even though Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing no pay raises for teachers in the coming year, lawmakers are still expected to have a teacher pay raise proposal to consider during the ongoing Regular Legislative Session.

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, said a bill will soon be introduced at the State House that, if approved, would put into state code yearly increases to take the...

January-16-2015

By Phil Kabler

The Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed a $4.77 billion 2015-16 West Virginia budget Wednesday that includes no tax increases and essentially no pay raises for state or public school employees.

For the first time since the State Budget Office has prepared six-year budget projections, the proposed budget reduces spending in the state’s base budget by nearly $40 million.

The budget also calls for dipping into the Revenue Shortfall...

January-16-2015

By Samuel Speciale

Charleston Daily Mail

A proposed school calendar with an early start date had the support of several stakeholder groups who spoke Thursday at the Kanawha County Board of Education meeting.

The calendar, which would have students in school from Aug. 10 to May 24, is nearly identical to the one Kanawha County is using this year. It also allocates one week for Thanksgiving and spring breaks and two full weeks for winter break.

A second calendar...

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