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January-09-2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Children in Finland remain among the top-scoring students in the world, particularly in science but also in reading and math.    
Why? One reason is Finnish teachers are highly respected and valued. The teaching profession in the Scandinavian country is on par with physicians in the United States in respect and pay. 

But Finland also enjoys a very low child poverty rate of about 4 percent. Meanwhile, the KIDS COUNT Data Center reported that nearly one in...

January-08-2014

Tomblin address to focus on economy, education
By Phil Kabler

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Continuing efforts to promote economic development and improve public schools will highlight Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's fourth State of the State address Wednesday evening, spokeswoman Amy Schuler Goodwin said Tuesday.

"He'll be talking about our commitment to our students," she said. "He'll also be talking about the great gains we've made in our economic development agenda."

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January-06-2014

By Jenni Vincent, journal-news.net 

MARTINSBURG - With less than a week before the new legislative session gets underway, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is pleased that more than two-thirds of the county boards of education have voted to support a statewide measure aimed at making state teacher salaries more competitive - regionally as well as nationally.

As of Thursday, 41 of the state's 55 counties had formally endorsed the resolution, which organizers...

January-06-2014

W.Va. teachers unions want raises
By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Leaders of West Virginia's teachers unions are hoping that this year's State of the State address will promise something that last year's education-heavy address did not: pay raises for teachers. 

Education reform was the cornerstone of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 2013 speech, which resulted in Senate Bill 359, a wide-ranging proposal calling for everything from increased third-grade reading proficiency...

January-06-2014

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 

CHARLESTON (AP) - West Virginia's teachers unions are pushing for a teacher pay raise to make salaries competitive with those in surrounding states.

The average teacher in the state earns about $45,000, compared to $57,000 in Ohio and about $49,000 in Virginia, according to the West Virginia Education Association.

West Virginia ranks 48th in the nation for teachers' salaries, WVEA President Dale Lee said.

In 2013, the...

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