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February-26-2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Teachers will receive a $837 pay raise next year if the House of Delegates approves the version of the teacher pay raise bill the Senate signed off on, with a 30-2 vote, on Wednesday at the State Capitol.

The bill, SB 391, was changed on the Senate floor to replace the two percent across-the-board pay raise Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had originally proposed for both teachers and school service personnel.

Supporters said the $837 amount...

February-26-2014

By Stephen Huba
For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County school teachers are working harder to keep up with expectations at the state and national levels, the school board learned on Monday.

The ever-changing landscape of public education, and how it's affecting local school districts, was a common theme in Monday's presentations by the faculty senates and school improvement councils of Oak Glen High School, Oak Glen Middle School and the John D....

February-25-2014

By Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Wood County students have missed a dozen school days this semester and February isn’t even over. Between frigid temperatures and snow, it’s been tough to get kids in class.

It’s posed a problem preparing for the annual West Virginia Educational Standards Test or Westest. The West Virginia Department of Education stresses educators don’t teach to the test. However, students do have to be prepared for the exam.

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February-24-2014

Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As they work to close a $146 million gap in the 2014-15 state budget, members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday amended Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's teacher pay raise bill (SB391), putting it back to its original proposal of 2 percent pay raises.

Last week, the Senate Education Committee instead proposed an across-the-board $1,000 pay raise for teachers, with Chairman Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, saying the intent was to give larger pay...

February-24-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time has passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.

The bill states that administrators may not require a teacher attend training, meetings or any work-related event during a planning period. This included parent-teacher conferences.

Lawmakers first voted to amend the bill Friday to state that teachers are not prohibited from attending meetings at their...

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