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November-09-2017

WV CHIP to shut down in February unless Congress allocates funds
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-mail

The board of directors for the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program voted Wednesday to shut down the CHIP program on Feb. 28, if Congress doesn’t allocate funding to the program soon.

CHIP provides health insurance to children whose parents make too much for Medicaid, but make less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

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November-09-2017

WV proposes reducing required high school credits, making 90-100 an A
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to put out for public comment proposals to reduce the state’s required number of credits for high school graduation from 24 to 21, further change social studies requirements and change the non-weighted course grading scale.

The existing board Policy 2510 says 0-64 is an F, 65-74 is a D, 75-84 is...

November-08-2017

High school students to help revitalize state parks
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Career and technical education students in West Virginia are beginning to attack the $50 million in deferred maintenance projects in the state park system.

An interagency agreement between the state Department of Education and state Division of Natural Resources was signed in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the state capitol.

The students are part of student-led...

October-18-2017

WV lawmakers hear proposals for elected state school board
RYAN QUINN | Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia lawmakers heard Tuesday about general proposals to allow voters to elect state Board of Education members and allow lawmakers themselves to reject and amend policies that the state school board passes.

The hour-and-a-half legislative interim meeting came after the House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution 24 during this year’s...

October-16-2017

Proposed federal budget could cut funding for school lunch programs
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer

The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the federal budget for this fiscal year could significantly shrink a program that has expanded free meals to public school students, especially in West Virginia.

The state Department of Education and the Food Research & Action Center, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-hunger nonprofit, say that could happen if the...

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