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February-16-2017

State board votes to reduce summative testing in high schools
By WVEA Communications Staff

The new state Board of Education took a significant step Thursday in reducing standardized testing, particularly in high schools, when they approved policy changes and waivers to Policy 2340: West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress.

Board members agreed to waive Smarter Balanced testing in grades 9 and 10 for both English/language arts and mathematics, beginning...

February-16-2017

Fayette County Schools regain local control
By WVEA Communications Staff

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to return local control to Fayette County’s school system.

The decision means that no county school systems will be under state board’s control. 
State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano and the Office of Education Performance Audits recommended returning local control to Fayette County.

For years the...

February-16-2017

PEIA plans to cut $50 million, director says
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public Employee Insurance Agency executive director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday that the PEIA Finance Board had no choice but to impose about $50 million in benefits cuts for the 2017-18 plan year, since no additional funding for premiums was expected.

In December, the board approved the cuts, primarily imposing higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for...

February-15-2017

Alabamans warn WV against switching school tests to ACT
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-mail

The West Virginia Department of Education has removed from proposed policy changes its recommendation that the state Board of Education switch standardized tests in public high schools from Smarter Balanced to yet-to-be-developed end of course exams.

The move comes as the new governor and groups representing teachers and school administrators have expressed...

February-14-2017

Pension fund payments eyed as a way to fill budget gap
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia legislative leaders are looking for flexibility in the state’s pension funding to make a dent in the current half-billion dollar budget gap.

An idea being floated by House Finance Chairman Eric Nelson would refinance the state’s pension debt, which is currently scheduled to be paid off in 2034. The refinancing would extend the payments...

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