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June-19-2017

WV House, Senate pass bare bones budget
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With House and Senate leadership refusing to budge on their versions of bills to raise tax revenue to close shortfalls in the 2017-18 budget, a frustrated, angry and exhausted Legislature figuratively threw up its hands Friday evening, passing a bare-bones $4.225 billion budget bill (Senate Bill 1013).

That’s some $125 million less than the version of the budget sought by Gov....

June-19-2017

WV state school board considering no-labels school accountability plan
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following its abandonment of two “summative” labeling systems in three years, the West Virginia Board of Education is now considering a new school accountability system that would no longer give any overall labels to entire schools.

For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, the board’s “Accountability Index” labeled entire schools with words like “...

June-16-2017

Late twist revives WV Gov. Justice’s revenue plan
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A tumultuous 19th day of the special session was marked by yet another twist Thursday evening, as the Senate dramatically passed the seemingly umpteenth version of Gov. Jim Justice’s revenue plan on a 30-2 vote (Senate Bill 1017).

That vote came at 8:20 p.m., some eight hours after a meeting Justice held with legislators to pitch his latest proposal seemed to end...

June-15-2017

Nicholas school board to sue over consolidation plan denial
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nicholas County’s school board voted Wednesday night to sue to attempt to reverse the West Virginia Board of Education’s denial of its school consolidation plan.

No one was heard voting no in Wednesday’s voice vote for legal action, which came after the Nicholas board emerged from a more-than-two-hour closed session.

Rebecca Tinder, an attorney...

June-14-2017

State board rejects plan to consolidate Nicholas schools
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Tuesday to reject the Nicholas County school board’s proposal to consolidate five schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville onto one campus near Summersville.

The vote came after a surprise public presentation from a state School Building Authority official and the state schools superintendent on a general...

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