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March-10-2014

Legislature mentality

Year after year, Tea Party values are carried into the West Virginia Legislature. It's sad — and damaging to the state — when lawmakers ignore beneficial proposals while they boost pistol-carrying and impede desperate girls wanting to end pregnancies. Too many mountain politicians let themselves be swayed by the far-right "God, guns and gays" agenda.

For example, after last year's massacre of school children in Connecticut, West Virginia legislators...

March-10-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Senate and House came to an agreement in a conference committee to protect teacher planning periods in West Virginia.

The debate Saturday was centered on which types of meetings teachers should be required to attend.

The final bill states teachers cannot be required to use planning periods to attend parent-teacher conferences, individualized education program meetings or teacher evaluation conferences.

Teachers may...

March-10-2014

By Jeff Jenkins in News | March 09, 2014 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state legislature gave final approval Saturday night to an across-the-board $1,000 teacher pay raise. 

“Finally,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee told MetroNews once the bill got the passing vote in the state Senate. The proposal had several ups and downs during the past 60 days. 

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin originally proposed a two percent raise for teachers and service personnel. The...

March-07-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's teachers unions are protesting a dress code proposed by the Kanawha County school board that would regulate when teachers can wear blue jeans, and would ban shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops and some other clothing items.

The first draft of the policy -- unveiled in special session Thursday -- also requires hair and nails to be clean and neatly groomed, and beards and mustaches "to be neatly trimmed...

March-07-2014

By Staff and wire reports
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

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