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November-29-2015

Teach For America still coming to W.Va., but impact may be limited 
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

Teach For America plans to begin providing teachers to West Virginia in August, but the organization will start with only five to 15 educators total in three southern counties, a number expected to grow to only about 30-35 within the next five years.

That’s according to Will Nash, head of Teach For America Appalachia, the part of the...

November-24-2015

Higher PEIA costs weigh on public employees

Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, MetroNews

Officials with the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency got an earful and more during a recent series of public hearings on planned changes.  Hundreds of plan members turned out to express their displeasure with the proposed $120 million in benefit cuts.

Their angst is understandable since employees on an individual plan will see a $500 increase in their...

November-24-2015

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hall discusses PEIA issues

By Matt Maccaro | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the PEIA in a significant financial hole, the heat is on lawmakers to do something to fund the struggling insurance agency.

Putnam County Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Hall says the PEIA is in real trouble.

“There’s no place you can go unless you add more cash, or reduce the benefits,” he said on MetroNews “...

November-23-2015

Patterson Tenders Resignation
By Lauren Matthews - Staff Writer, Wetzel Chronicle

Wetzel County Board of Education Vice President Bob Patterson has tendered his resignation, effective today.

In the letter to Board President Mike Blair and Superintendent Leatha Williams, Patterson said he feels he can no longer be an effective member of the board.

"The turmoil in the school system during this time of change in leadership has resulted in animosity,...

November-23-2015

Statehouse Beat: Shorter interims schedule leaves issues unaddressed
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

I think we can declare the Legislature’s experiment with a sharply truncated schedule of legislative interim meetings an abject failure.

Not only did the new leadership shorten interims from three days a month to one and a half days, but they took May, July and August off entirely. (At the moment, they’re also planning to take December interims off as well...

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