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November-10-2015

State employees decry PEIA benefit cuts in Wheeling
By Linda Comins, Staff Writer, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - A West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board public hearing Monday night drew a large crowd opposed to higher insurance costs for active and retired state workers.

Twenty-one people, out of an audience of about 200, spoke against proposed increases, calling the new rates unaffordable. Many speakers also...

November-10-2015

WV to accept general science teaching endorsements for new course
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

West Virginia instructors with general science endorsements, including those currently teaching ninth-grade physical science, will be considered certified to teach the required new ninth-grade science course coming to Mountain State schools next year.

Michele Blatt, the state Department of Education’s chief accountability officer, said a...

November-09-2015

Large, angry crowd expected for PEIA rate hike hearing Tuesday
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

Statewide public hearings on the proposed $120 million in benefits cuts for Public Employees Insurance Agency coverage come to Charleston Tuesday evening, where a large and angry crowd can be expected, based on the first two hearings last week.

With no increase in the state’s funding of $422.4 million for PEIA employer premiums, and no...

November-09-2015

Randolph County Education Levy Fails
Written by Lauren McMillen

The Randolph County schools levy did not pass on Saturday night, despite a close race.

According to unofficial results, 2,152 voted for the levy, while 2,694 voted against it.

County officials said nearly 30% of residents in the county cast their votes. The special election brought out a lot of early voters and strong opinions. Those of you for the levy said it's important for education.

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November-06-2015

Teachers union laments drastic cuts in PEIA
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One educator in Berkeley County summed it up when he told the PEIA Finance Board during a public hearing in Martinsburg he planned to consider a career change.  The speaker said he would have to go to work for his father in the construction business...

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