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March-17-2014

By Jenni Vincent
The Journal

MARTINSBURG - State changes now mean that county boards of education have more flexibility in setting school calendars, so policymakers - who know their own district's needs best - could choose options that work well locally.

The new regulations have been discussed at area board of education meetings, especially as officials searched for ways for making up lost instructional time this winter while also looking ahead to creating a calendar for...

March-17-2014

By Jonathan Mattise 
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia budget approved by lawmakers Friday dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.

The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 to pass next year's budget. The proposal would take $147.5 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.

A secondary bill that passed Friday will free up another $21 million from...

March-17-2014

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (editorial)

In the past, learning how to write in cursive was an important part of every American child’s education. Skill with a pen was an essential part of being able to communicate. Many letters and everyday documents such as property records and wills were written in cursive.

The importance assigned to cursive writing changed as communications technology changed. Typewriters gave people the ability to draft letters and documents in print. This...

March-14-2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

The high amount of absenteeism in school on the first days of hunting season was a point of discussion Thursday at the Marshall County Board of Education's second public meeting on the school calendar at Cameron High School.

About 20 parents, students and teachers attended the meeting to review the county's "working calendar" and give input on what they would like to see for the 2014-15 school year....

March-14-2014

By Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House and Senate have come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next fiscal year. The process was stalled earlier in the week.

Negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor centered on two issues: how much money to pull from the state Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and how much money they could use to expand the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for seniors.

The program...

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