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May-01-2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Elected representatives from across the state reaffirmed their commitment to competitive pay for teachers during the West Virginia Education Association’s 2014 Delegate Assembly on April 24-25 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

Delegates decided that the WVEA’s top legislative priority should continue to be a salary increase for teachers and other school employees.

This renewed focus follows legislation – which was sparked by the WVEA’s Competitive Pay...

April-30-2014

By Ben Adducchio 
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Editor's Note: WVPB begins a series of stories looking into the issue of how to keep young people in West Virginia. This came about as part of a special digital project undertaken at West Virginia Public Broadcasting over the past few months, WVNextIn6.

We asked you to tell us what’s next for West Virginia in six words or less. Several posts had the theme “Keep our Best and Brightest here.”

According to a recent...

April-30-2014

By Marla Pisciotta 
Cumberland Times-News

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Although the West Virginia School Building Authority has declined to provide any funding to the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to begin building new residential learning centers, SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin said construction plans are not ditched.

The 2014 proposal request was for $7.1 million with the WVSDB contributing another $750,000.

“I’m disappointed,” Lynn Boyer,...

April-29-2014

By Jean Tarbett Hardiman 
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON -- Wayne County Schools was approved Monday to receive $18 million from the West Virginia School Building Authority for new and renovated facilities, if the county's voters agree to provide a similar amount by approving a bond proposal on May 13.

The SBA funds would make up a portion of $42.2 million the county wants for school projects. Those include construction of a new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School...

April-28-2014

The Times West Virginian (editorial)

We’ve stressed many times over the years that strong education is critical to the economic health of West Virginia.

That applies to pre-kindergarten through high school, as well as higher education.

That’s why an upcoming hire of a new state superintendent of schools is vitally important.

West Virginia Superintendent James B. Phares, a former superintendent in Marion County, announced his retirement this month after only 15...

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