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November-16-2018

By: Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force subcommittee inched closer to a final proposal Thursday regarding how much members should pay for care received outside state lines.

Though the Coverage and Plan Subcommittee did not approve a final plan, PEIA Director Ted Cheatham did offer concrete numbers for members to consider.

He said increasing the state’s coverage share for care received out-of-state from 70 percent to 80...

November-15-2018

By: Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

West Virginia’s public school enrollment is down by 4,858 students this school year, a decline that Dr. Steven Paine, state superintendent of schools, is partly attributing to changes in the enrollment cutoff date for pre-kindergarten.

Without those delayed from entering pre-kindergarten, “We’re probably more like 2,800 kids down,” Paine said.

He called that number similar or a “tad higher” than enrollment declines in previous years....

November-14-2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A group chosen by state education leaders has recommended giving county boards of education, and perhaps even individual principals, freedom to label student offenses currently considered less serious as more serious.

This would allow schools to newly punish such offenses with out-of-school suspensions without having it held against them.

The recommendation, which would have to be approved by the West Virginia Board of Education to...

November-08-2018

By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a holding pattern while waiting for recommendations from the PEIA Task Force, the PEIA Finance Board on Wednesday announced that it is canceling the board’s Nov. 15 meeting, and pushing a series of statewide public hearings on its proposed 2019-20 benefits plan back to mid-December.

The meeting and public hearings have been delayed on the apparent expectation...

November-05-2018

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Lawmakers have passed several far-reaching laws affecting prekindergarten-12th grade education over the past four years, and tried — but failed — to pass other significant legislation.

Half of the seats in the state Senate, and all House of Delegates seats, are up for grabs in Tuesday’s election. Senate terms are for four years, and delegate terms are for two years.

Teachers, bus drivers and others chanted “Remember in November”...

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