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November-21-2014

By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

State employees and retirees vented their displeasure with the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s proposal to cut their health insurance benefits by a total of $40 million during a public hearing Thursday evening at the Charleston Civic Center.

“It is similar to asking us if we want to be in a head-on collision, or get T-boned on the highway,” Joe White, with the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, said of asking employees which...

November-18-2014
November-17-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple’s lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education will move forward.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky last week denied the school board’s request for Marple’s wrongful termination case to be dismissed.

Charleston attorney Victor Flanagan, who is representing the school board, asked in a court hearing in September that all charges against the board and former...

November-16-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval 
WV MetroNews

Government bureaucracy announcements of plans to reorganize are often met with a fair amount of eye-rolling.  After meetings, studies and more meetings, the deck chairs get rearranged and life goes on pretty much as it was before.

In West Virginia, education reformers have been stonewalled by the “third rail” of education politics—the 55 separate and distinct county school systems.  Communities value the autonomy of the local school board...

November-15-2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State education officials say a new “balanced governance” plan will redirect money back into West Virginia’s classrooms by eliminating positions in school board offices across the state and using that money to directly benefit students.

The five-year plan — proposed by the state Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance — would make major changes to the way the state’s 55 school districts...

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