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March-29-2017

House passes bill nixing RESAs, OEPA, 180 separate school days mandate
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates voted 76-24 Tuesday to pass on to the Senate a bill that eliminates the eight Regional Education Services Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate that public school year calendars have at...

March-28-2017

Student-teacher ratio, home-school bills WV House near passage
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates is on the brink of passing House Bill 3088, which would remove the cap on the number of students per teacher in sixth-grade public school classrooms.

Delegates also are close to passing...

March-26-2017

WV Senate Finance Committee delays action on $79M education funding cut
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

Amid criticism from Democrats and questions about the bill’s constitutionality, West Virginia’s Senate Finance Committee postponed Saturday taking action on a bill that would cut state funding to public education next fiscal year by about $79 million.

Senate Bill 609 would also newly authorize county school boards to raise regular levy property-tax rates if...

March-24-2017

Daily Mail editorial: To improve education, stop micromanaging educators
Charleston Gazette-Mail

It seems like the state’s governing structure for public education is sort of like your 12th-grade English teacher at the time the class was assigned to write its first term paper (before such assignments were done online).

The teacher issues a long list of instructions: Center the heading at the top of Page 1. Double-space each line. Set the left margin at 1...

March-24-2017

Paine picked to return as WV state schools superintendent
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

Steve Paine will return for a second stint as West Virginia schools superintendent. State Board of Education members voted to hire him Thursday, after several hours of closed-door meetings.

Paine, who was superintendent from mid-2005 through the end of 2010, and two other candidates were interviewed, and Paine was then hired at an annual salary of $230,000. The board...

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