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September-09-2014

By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

An Internal Revenue Service regulation defining “normal retirement age” as 62 or older probably won’t go into effect until Spring 2016, the executive director of the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board said Monday.

In order to go into effect next year, the revised IRS regulation would have put out for public comment by mid-October, which Jeff Fleck told a legislative interim committee is highly unlikely.

“If the...

September-05-2014

By Katie Anderson 
WBOY

WEST UNION - In January of 2014 Governor Tomblin announced in his State of the State Address that he wanted the WV Board of Education to develop a grading system for schools. Policy 2320 is now in place, and Doddridge County Schools will be one of the first to be graded.

The emphasis of Policy 2320 is to make it so the public understands how schools are performing.

That's where the grading system comes in. Schools will now be graded on...

September-04-2014

by Marla Pisciotta  
For The State Journal

Child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind have been speaking out for months against the administration's decision to re-align their jobs.

They have picketed, traveled to Charleston to speak with the state Board of Education and the governor, and consulted numerous legislators.

Their efforts seem to have paid off.

A meeting was called at 4 p.m. Tuesday in a continuing effort to try...

September-04-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

In a court hearing Wednesday, counsel representing the West Virginia Board of Education asked that all charges filed by former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple regarding her termination be dismissed. Attorneys representing Marple — whose abrupt firing in November 2012 shocked the state — are fighting for a full airing of issues in court and the opportunity to cross examine members of the school board, which is led by Gayle...

September-02-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Colleges across West Virginia are firing employees, eliminating and merging positions and making other cutbacks to compensate for a reduction of more than $42 million in state funding for higher education over the past two years.

At West Virginia University, about 13 employees have been fired as part of a Reduction in Force for this budget year, and more than 100 positions have been left vacant, according to WVU spokesman John...

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