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December-01-2015

Teacher shortages and inadequate resources fail special needs students in W.Va
By Robert Devitt, Logan Helfferich and Kayla Kesselman TheDAOnline.com | The Daily Anthenaeum

Roy Stevens, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, wasn’t receiving adequate special education services at his high school in Hundred, West Virginia, so the local school board required him to attend another school about an hour away from his home.

Because the Wetzel County Board of...

November-30-2015

Calhoun seeking change to small county school funding
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Officials from the county school system with the biggest deficit in West Virginia want changes to a part of the state’s school aid funding formula that’s meant to help the lowest-enrollment counties by paying them for students they don’t have.

There are nine counties in the Mountain State with fewer than 1,400 public school students from prekindergarten...

November-29-2015

Promise scholars more likely to come from wealthy families
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

Promise scholars are more likely to be female and come from wealthy families, says a new report on the state’s financial aid programs

.A recent West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission report, which looked at the state’s merit-based scholarship and need-based grants, found first-year Promise recipients whose parents earn more than $90...

November-29-2015

Teach For America still coming to W.Va., but impact may be limited 
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

Teach For America plans to begin providing teachers to West Virginia in August, but the organization will start with only five to 15 educators total in three southern counties, a number expected to grow to only about 30-35 within the next five years.

That’s according to Will Nash, head of Teach For America Appalachia, the part of the...

November-24-2015

Higher PEIA costs weigh on public employees

Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, MetroNews

Officials with the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency got an earful and more during a recent series of public hearings on planned changes.  Hundreds of plan members turned out to express their displeasure with the proposed $120 million in benefit cuts.

Their angst is understandable since employees on an individual plan will see a $500 increase in their...

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