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January-22-2015

Legislation would raise dropout age to 18
By Ben Fields, Huntington Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON — West Virginia high school dropout rates are getting lower, but the state still exceeds the national average, prompting legislation to raise the compulsory attendance age for the second time in the past four years.

In 2011, the age before a student could drop out was raised from 16 to 17.

House Bill 2123 would raise the compulsory attendance age to 18....

January-22-2015

State making its way to better days, state revenue secretary says
By Pamela Pritt, REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

CHARLESTON — In spite of budget cuts and using Rainy Day Funds, Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss said Wednesday that the state is heading toward better days.
“Two years down the road we are anticipating a surplus,” Kiss said. “We are getting there.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s budget lacks $151 million between revenues and expenditures, numbers he...

January-22-2015

Governor fills 2 vacancies on state Board of Education
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin filled two vacancies on the state school board Wednesday, creating a full dozen-member board for the first time since two members resigned in 2012 following the abrupt firing of former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple.

In a news release, Tomblin announced the appointments, effective immediately, of Dr. James S. Wilson and Beverly E. Kingery....

January-22-2015

State education department delivers budget
By Samuel Speciale

Education reporter Despite projected spending that will top $2 billion, West Virginia Department of Education officials say state funding for the next fiscal year will be at a five-year low.

The budget, which calls for nearly $2 billion in state general funds and an additional $500 million in lottery and federal money, was the topic of a lengthy two-hour discussion on Wednesday between State...

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.

Kanawha Circuit...

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