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February-14-2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill to give pay raises to public school teachers and school service personnel advanced Thursday out of the Senate Education Committee -- with a change intended to give more bang for the buck to newer teachers.

The new version of the bill (SB391) would provide an across-the-board $1,000 raise -- instead of giving a 2 percent pay raise to teachers, as Tomblin proposed.

Senate...

February-14-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education says buying supplies in bulk helped county school systems save more than $2.2 million in 2013.

The board learned this week that the state's eight Regional Education Service Agencies made the savings possible through a cooperative service agreement in place since 2011.

The agreement allows counties to buy instructional supplies and school-related necessities such as custodial supplies at a...

February-14-2014

By The Inter-Mountain

The School of Education at Wesleyan will be hosting West Virginia's 2014 Teacher of the Year, Erin Sponaugle.

She will be speaking at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Erin, a fifth grade teacher in Berkeley County, is a 10-year veteran of the teaching profession and currently works at Tomahawk Intermediate School Middle School in Berkeley County.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary...

February-14-2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A reworked teacher pay raise proposal moving in the state Senate sets a legislative goal of raising salaries for all starting teachers in West Virginia to $43,000 by 2019.

“We knew that this was going to be a long-term plan that would have to be in place,” said Dale Lee, West Virginia Education Association president, on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of the goal.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee will next...

February-13-2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Retired public employees and teachers will be at the State Capitol on Thursday morning, pushing for two pieces of legislation that those with the Coalition of Retired Public Employees say are long overdue.

“It’s a matter of priorities,” said Ernie “Spud” Terry, CORPE spokesperson, who was helping organize the annual event to build support for the group’s legislative causes.

Again this year, group members are...

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