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January-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle shifted into a new gear Thursday as she accepted some impressive gifts for her honor.

The 5th grade teacher from Tomahawk Intermediate School in Berkeley County was handed a check for $5,000 from Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a ceremony at the state capitol. Then Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held up a set of keys.

“It’s almost like Wheel of Fortune! Today you’re going home in a brand,...

January-10-2014

But W,Va.’s public colleges still must make do with less

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING - West Liberty University President Robin Capehart said he was pleased to hear that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing that higher education won't take as hard a hit from state funding cuts.

A mid-year budget report released Jan. 2 shows the state's General Revenue Fund is $81.5 million behind on tax collections for the fiscal...

January-09-2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Children in Finland remain among the top-scoring students in the world, particularly in science but also in reading and math.    
Why? One reason is Finnish teachers are highly respected and valued. The teaching profession in the Scandinavian country is on par with physicians in the United States in respect and pay. 

But Finland also enjoys a very low child poverty rate of about 4 percent. Meanwhile, the KIDS COUNT Data Center reported that nearly one in...

January-09-2014

By David Gutman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Teachers union and education officials in West Virginia are pleased that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, is pushing for teacher pay raises -- but they say a one-time raise is insufficient, and they're wary of other proposals Tomblin made in Wednesday's State of the State address.

The governor proposed a 2 percent pay raise for all teachers and school service personnel. It would be the first across-the-board pay raise for teachers in three years....

January-09-2014

by Dave Boucher
Daily Mail Capitol Bureau Chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Democrat and Republican legislative leaders disagree on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to raise salaries for teachers and state employees. 

Tomblin announced Wednesday night during his State of the State address there is a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and service personnel and a $504 raise for state employees included in the budget for next financial year. 

That's going to cost the state...

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