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October-25-2016

Tomblin believes next governor will have to raise taxes
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia’s next governor will have to raise taxes.

“My opinion is there is not enough money unless a governor wants to come in and cut complete departments or complete programs out,” Tomblin said during a recent appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

The state’s budget woes of recent years have been well-documented...

October-24-2016

Boone official estimates textbooks would cost $556K
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County’s assistant schools superintendent said earlier this month that drastic budget cuts meant only sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders have textbooks in their classrooms this school year.

Lisa Beck said students in the other grades have neither personal books nor classroom sets. She said classroom sets generally stay in the classrooms, but teachers can...

October-24-2016

First A-F school report cards out next month for public schools
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The question of how West Virginia’s individual schools are doing will be answered next month when the first report cards for the Mountain State’s public schools are released.

On Nov. 10, A-F grades will be announced publicly for each school as part of the new West Virginia A-F School Accountability System initially created in the 2013...

October-21-2016

Kanawha school board chooses calendar; school to begin Aug. 14
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Students in West Virginia’s largest county will begin the 2017-2018 school year on Aug. 14, 2017.

The Kanawha County Board of Education approved the new school calendar Thursday night with a 4-1 vote after two other calendar options were voted down.

Before the vote, board members considered the results of an online survey from...

October-21-2016

U.S. education secretary lauds state's early learning programs
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. visited Piedmont Elementary and the headquarters of the West Virginia Department of Education on Thursday to recognize the state’s early learning system and publicize how the new, overarching federal education law supports early education efforts.

Speaking at an event in the state Board of Education’s meeting...

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