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April-04-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A gap in the state budget is growing but West Virginia revenue officials say it will be filled by the end of the fiscal year in June.

Tax collections in March came in about $14 million below projections. For the fiscal year's first nine months, tax collections are more than $78 million below projections.

The fiscal year ends June 30.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss and Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow discussed the state's...

April-03-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter 

A teacher’s union and a service personnel group in Raleigh County on Wednesday abandoned a petition drive to ask the  Raleigh County Board of Education to “revisit” the resignation of Superintendent Jim Brown.

The groups dropped the effort at Brown’s request, officials reported.

The Raleigh County American Federation of Teachers and the Raleigh County School Service Personnel Association had planned and...

April-02-2014

By Jeff Jenkins in News | April 02, 2014 at 12:57PM 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association said Wednesday Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin evidently doesn’t understand the importance of daily planning periods for teachers.
(Read governor’s veto message here)...

April-02-2014

Phares doesn’t reveal his reason
By John Raby Associated Press  

CHARLESTON — West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares announced his retirement Tuesday after only 15 months on the job, an unexpected move that disappointed some who hoped he’d stick around to lead a department whose policies had come under heavy scrutiny by a wide-ranging audit.

Phares didn’t give a reason in his letter to state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin behind his decision to...

April-01-2014

By Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of School Dr. Jim Phares is retiring. He made the announcement Tuesday in a resignation letter he submitted to the state Board of Education.

Phares said he plans to retire on June 30 but will remain superintendent until his replacement has been named.

In his resignation letter, Phares said, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students, parents and teachers of the state of West Virginia...

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