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March-12-2014

LACIE PIERSON

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Board of Education approved the proposed 2014-15 school calendar during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The calendar was approved by the board by a vote of 5-0 without the fanfare that accompanied public hearings about the calendar in recent weeks.

The calendar next will be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Education for final approval.

The calendar has a start date for students of Wednesday, Aug. 6,...

March-12-2014

By Jenni Vincent - Journal Staff Writer 

CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County Board of Education vice president Scott Sudduth was passionate, but unsuccessful in his attempt at Monday night's meeting to convince others to consider - and ultimately use - some alternate methods for making up student instructional time lost due to severe winter weather.

In the end, board members supported superintendent Susan Wall's plan for converting existing days on the calendar into instructional...

March-11-2014

By Jonathan Mattise
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — West Virginia lawmakers are ironing out kinks in an election-year budget that avoids tax hikes and gives public workers raises.

But before statehouse leaders can tout the positives, they’ll begrudgingly look to dig into millions of dollars in savings.

A dreary budget picture looms over the 2014 midterm elections in the House of Delegates, where Democrats hold a slim six-seat edge over Republicans. In West...

March-10-2014

Legislature mentality

Year after year, Tea Party values are carried into the West Virginia Legislature. It's sad — and damaging to the state — when lawmakers ignore beneficial proposals while they boost pistol-carrying and impede desperate girls wanting to end pregnancies. Too many mountain politicians let themselves be swayed by the far-right "God, guns and gays" agenda.

For example, after last year's massacre of school children in Connecticut, West Virginia legislators...

March-10-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Senate and House came to an agreement in a conference committee to protect teacher planning periods in West Virginia.

The debate Saturday was centered on which types of meetings teachers should be required to attend.

The final bill states teachers cannot be required to use planning periods to attend parent-teacher conferences, individualized education program meetings or teacher evaluation conferences.

Teachers may...

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