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February-28-2014

By Lacie Pierson
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The number of makeup days built in to the school calendars in Cabell and Wayne counties officially have been maxed out as of this week.

This year's winter has translated into missed instructional days that have reached double digits in each county, and with a snow day for both counties Wednesday, there officially were no more days in either school's calendar that school officials legally could utilize to make up for the...

February-28-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval in Hoppy's Commentary | February 28, 2014 at 12:17AM

West Virginia’s public school teachers are going to end up with a pay raise out of this legislative session.  It will be a modest one, either two percent or $837 across the board.

WVEA President Dale Lee has been pushing for the dollar amount as opposed to the percentage because it would have more impact on starting salaries which, according to figures from the National Education Association, are $32,500...

February-27-2014

By Lauren Talotta, General Assignment Reporter
WBOY

West Virginia's Teacher of the Year 2014 spoke to some aspiring educators at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday night.

Erin Sponaugle, a fifth-grade teacher in Berkeley County, spoke to students about overcoming anxiety and switching majors in college to earn her degree in elementary education.

Sponaugle said she sees this year as an opportunity to become the voice of the profession.

"Who would I...

February-26-2014

By Ben Nandy
WOWKTV.com

HUNTINGTON, Wv. - At Tuesday evening's Cabell County Board of Education meeting, several parents objected to a proposed 2014-15 school calendar that would start on August 8th.

The change is being made to meet requirements in a new West Virginia state law that says there must be 180 days of instruction in a school year.

There are no exceptions. Snow days must be made up.

"I think the Legislature is concerned about making sure kids get...

February-26-2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Teachers will receive a $837 pay raise next year if the House of Delegates approves the version of the teacher pay raise bill the Senate signed off on, with a 30-2 vote, on Wednesday at the State Capitol.

The bill, SB 391, was changed on the Senate floor to replace the two percent across-the-board pay raise Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had originally proposed for both teachers and school service personnel.

Supporters said the $837 amount...

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