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March-12-2014

By Jenni Vincent - Journal Staff Writer 

CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County Board of Education vice president Scott Sudduth was passionate, but unsuccessful in his attempt at Monday night's meeting to convince others to consider - and ultimately use - some alternate methods for making up student instructional time lost due to severe winter weather.

In the end, board members supported superintendent Susan Wall's plan for converting existing days on the calendar into instructional...

March-11-2014

By Jonathan Mattise
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — West Virginia lawmakers are ironing out kinks in an election-year budget that avoids tax hikes and gives public workers raises.

But before statehouse leaders can tout the positives, they’ll begrudgingly look to dig into millions of dollars in savings.

A dreary budget picture looms over the 2014 midterm elections in the House of Delegates, where Democrats hold a slim six-seat edge over Republicans. In West...

March-10-2014

Marla Pisciotta, Cumberland Times-News   

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Eleven child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are upset, saying their jobs are in jeopardy due to their education.

A mandatory meeting was called this week by superintendent Lynn Boyer.

The child care workers, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were under the impression that the meeting was to get input regarding changes on the campus.

“We’ve been told all along...

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...

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