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February-01-2017

With resignations, big changes on state Board of Education
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The president and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education have resigned effective immediately, according to a news release sent out around 7 p.m. Tuesday by the state Department of Education’s spokeswoman.

The move comes after Gov. Jim Justice, who was inaugurated Jan. 16, appointed board member Bill White as director of the state’s Herbert...

January-31-2017

West Virginia Board of Education President Michael Green and Vice President Lloyd Jackson resigned their positions with the State Board effective immediately.

Green and Jackson issued the following statements:

Michael Green:

I was asked to serve on the State School Board back in 2009 by Governor Manchin. I do not come from the “education community”. My years of experience come as a result of being a successful technologist, business...

January-31-2017

WVEA head says homeschool vouchers could bode ill for many
By Jessica Farrish, Register-Herald Reporter

Speaking to members of the Raleigh County Education Association Monday, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee told teachers that paying parents to homeschool their children is not a good move for education in West Virginia. He urged educators to contact United States Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito to ask them to vote against...

January-31-2017

West Virginia’s budget — from bad to worse
Hoppy Kercheval, Talkline host

Humorist Will Rogers said, “Last year we said, ‘things can’t go on like this,’ and they didn’t; they got worse.”

That sums up where West Virginia is now with its budget predicament.  Jim Justice talked a lot during the campaign about the state’s fiscal challenges and how he would bring a fresh approach to the problem.  He frequently reminded voters that it really wasn’t going to be...

January-30-2017

Justice chief of staff says proposed budget cuts may top $390 million
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice could propose state budget cuts of more than $390 million and possibly as much as $606 million to the West Virginia Legislature at the start of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session next week.

“Things are indeed worse than I ever thought they could be,” reported Nick Casey, Justice’s chief of staff, when asked about...

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