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March-06-2017

Bill would require additional drug prevention programs in public schools
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

A new bill in the House of Delegates would require all West Virginia public schools to have drug awareness and prevention programs for all K-12 students.

House Bill 2195 passed the House Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee Tuesday, and is now in the House Education Committee.

The law would not require any extra funding, according...

February-28-2017

House of Delegates to vote on education personnel bill Tuesday
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates will vote on a bill Tuesday that would change how state colleges and universities handle personnel decisions.

House Bill 2542 would give higher education institutions more flexibility in hiring and firing certain employees, as well as more control over salary rates.

The House...

February-23-2017

WVUTeach receives more funding to train math and science teachers
By Sunshine Wiles, WV MetroNews

A teaching program at WVU that is really in its infancy is picking up steam and funding.

Two years ago the university received a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to start training science and math teachers at the secondary level through WVUTeach. This month, WVU announced a new $1.2 million grant from the National Science...

February-23-2017

Dismantling WV Education and the Arts Department eyed
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House Education Committee, in a voice vote with a few nays heard, passed Wednesday night a bill that would eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts and transfer most of the agencies it contains elsewhere in state government.

House Bill 2524, of which committee Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, is the lead sponsor, also would essentially...

February-22-2017

Requirement for 180 separate days of school instruction dropped in Senate bill
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A bill moving at the State Capitol two weeks into the 2017 Regular Legislative Session would end West Virginia’s existing requirement for 180 separate days of instruction in the Mountain State’s schools.

“I think that, in the end, you’ll have better results with this,” predicted Senate Education Committee Chair Kenny Mann (R-Monroe, 10) who spoke...

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