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October-16-2015

PEIA proposes $120 million in employee benefit cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

With no likelihood of additional funding from the West Virginia government, and with its Reserve Fund already spent down to the minimum balance, the Public Employees Insurance Agency has no options but to make “draconian” cuts in benefits for active employees and retirees, executive director Ted Cheatham told the PEIA Finance Board on Thursday.

The board...

October-16-2015

Teacher evaluation change delayed
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
    
The West Virginia Board of Education has again delayed increasing the role of standardized tests in teacher evaluations.

Fifteen percent of annual evaluations for math and English/language arts teachers this school year were to be based off their students’ improvement in exam scores over last school year — when those students were perhaps taught by different teachers —...

October-16-2015

Vast majority of online comments support WV's Common Core standards
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The vast majority of the roughly 251,400 online comments submitted by more than 4,100 individuals as part of West Virginia’s review of its Common Core-based standards agreed with the K-12 learning requirements, according to data the state Department of Education released this week.

The Academic Spotlight website, which launched July 8 and closed...

October-15-2015

Fayette school problems heat up state school board meeting
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green and fellow board member Bill White continued their public disagreement Wednesday following a forceful showing from Fayette County residents about school consolidation issues in their county.

White first took issue with Green’s letter to the media and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that called the state School...

October-14-2015

Teachers begin sifting through Common Core comments
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia K-12 teachers, faculty members who teach teachers and others in the education field have begun analyzing online comments submitted as part of the state’s Common Core-based standards review, which was launched after many lawmakers tried to eliminate the learning requirements earlier this year.

In July, the state Department of Education...

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