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March-23-2015

School systems may be in bind to meet 180-day requirement
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It appears it’s going to be difficult for county boards of education to get special waivers to allow them to miss the 180 instructional days required in state law.

State Board of Education President Gayle Manchin released the following statement Friday:

“The West Virginia Board of Education remains firm on the importance of providing students 180...

March-23-2015

Fayette faces building issues, consolidation, and bond vote
By Jim Workman, The State Journal

History shows that the voters of Fayette County are not in favor of passing a bond for their schools.

They have not passed a bond since 1973.

In fact, it has not even been close. Support in favor of a bond has been very low. Two bonds that failed — in 2001 and 2009 — received only 13.8 percent and 23 percent of the vote in favor of a bond, respectively....

March-23-2015

SBA budget cut by $8 million in coming fiscal year
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A lot of state agencies are taking a hit in the next state budget including the state School Building Authority which lost $8 million in funding in the...

March-23-2015

Tomblin reflects on working with GOP Legislature
By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After West Virginia's first Republican-led legislative session in more than eight decades, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has some decisions to make.

Lawmakers sent the Democrat 261 bills in the session that ended March 14, and he still has to act on about 180 of them. The most contentious of the bunch eliminated the requirement for people to get licensed to carry...

March-20-2015

Alanna Campbell: Expanding teacher certification is good for students

I am a student at Transylvania University, a liberal arts university in downtown Lexington, Ky., where I am a political science major and anthropology minor.

I attended high school at Barbourville Independent School in Kentucky, located in the western foothills of the Appalachian mountains.

There, I was blessed with the privilege of not only knowing, but being pupil to, multiple Teach...

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