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April-16-2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

During its April 9-10 meeting, the state Board of Education placed five proposed policy changes on 30-day public comment, including one (Policy 2320) that details a new A-F school grading policy.

The A-F grading policy, which Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the state board to craft in January, has already led to debate among board members.

For instance, state board member Bill White believes A-F could unfairly burden some schools that are...

April-16-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A handful of West Virginia retired public employees and retired teachers protested on tax return deadline day at the state Capitol Tuesday. They claimed they are being discriminated against.

Coalition of Retired Public Employees President Ernie “Spud” Terry said they chose April 15 for a reason.

“I’ve been retired for 15 years. My wife has been retired for 10 years. That’s 25 years without any increase in our...

April-15-2014

By JD Supra Business Advisor

A recent decision by the West Viginia Supreme Court of Appeals has now paved the way for public bodies, including boards of education, to impose a reasonable hourly search fee for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

It is not uncommon for a county board of education to receive at least one FOIA request per week. For example, most, if not all county boards of education received a FOIA request last month from the West Virginia School Service...

April-15-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public schools will get free computer operating system upgrades for five years under a new agreement with Microsoft.

Schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft July 1. It will allow schools to upgrade their computers’ operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade, The Charleston Daily Mail reported.

The agreement also will give schools access to email and programs through Office 365, a...

April-14-2014

By Marla Pisciotta

For The State Journal

A second meeting within as many weeks was hosted by child care workers and union representatives to discuss their fate as employees of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney.

A recommendation to change the job designation from "child care workers" to "residential care specialist" was presented to the West Virginia Board of Education March 12 by WVSDB superintendent Lynn Boyer. The recommendation was...

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