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February-14-2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A reworked teacher pay raise proposal moving in the state Senate sets a legislative goal of raising salaries for all starting teachers in West Virginia to $43,000 by 2019.

“We knew that this was going to be a long-term plan that would have to be in place,” said Dale Lee, West Virginia Education Association president, on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of the goal.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee will next...

February-14-2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

Two West Virginia Education Association members and educators were recognized by the state Board of Education Wednesday after each received a national math and science teaching award.

Barbara "Tootie" Black, the teaching principal at Hometown Elementary in Red House, and Gabrielle Rhodes, a teacher at Union Elementary School in Buckhannon, received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching late last year.

State...

February-14-2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill to give pay raises to public school teachers and school service personnel advanced Thursday out of the Senate Education Committee -- with a change intended to give more bang for the buck to newer teachers.

The new version of the bill (SB391) would provide an across-the-board $1,000 raise -- instead of giving a 2 percent pay raise to teachers, as Tomblin proposed.

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February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education is in the preliminary phases of determining what aspects of student achievement will be considered when the state makes the switch to an A-F labeling system for schools in the fall.

The state will swap its old five-category accountability system -- which the state Department of Education unveiled in May when it received a No Child Left Behind waiver -- to move to what...

February-13-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Wednesday to hire its first-ever full-time attorney, whose job will be specifically to tend to the board's needs -- not the Department of Education as a whole.

The state Department of Education already employs two full-time attorneys: Heather Hutchens-Deskins, who makes more than $100,200, and Sherri Goodman, who makes more than $85,000.

Charleston-based...

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