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March-18-2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

It’s a reserve account designated for emergencies, but there’s still disagreement at the State House about whether West Virginia’s current financial situation is the kind of catastrophe meriting a $120 million dip into the Rainy Day Fund.

“I’m very glad that we had a savings account where we didn’t have to cut services for children or seniors or whatever the case may be to get us over this little bump in the road,” said House Majority Whip...

March-18-2014

By Ryan Quinn 
The Charleston Gazette

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Board of Education is asking for public input on the 2014-15 school calendar, but Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said Monday the board's options are greatly constrained by state regulations, including new ones going into effect.

The new rules, instituted by Senate Bill 359, didn't affect this school year. The county schools are now mandated to have all 180 instructional days, said Cindy Daniel,...

March-17-2014

By Jonathan Mattise 
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia budget approved by lawmakers Friday dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.

The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 to pass next year's budget. The proposal would take $147.5 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.

A secondary bill that passed Friday will free up another $21 million from...

March-17-2014

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (editorial)

In the past, learning how to write in cursive was an important part of every American child’s education. Skill with a pen was an essential part of being able to communicate. Many letters and everyday documents such as property records and wills were written in cursive.

The importance assigned to cursive writing changed as communications technology changed. Typewriters gave people the ability to draft letters and documents in print. This...

March-17-2014

By Jenni Vincent
The Journal

MARTINSBURG - State changes now mean that county boards of education have more flexibility in setting school calendars, so policymakers - who know their own district's needs best - could choose options that work well locally.

The new regulations have been discussed at area board of education meetings, especially as officials searched for ways for making up lost instructional time this winter while also looking ahead to creating a calendar for...

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