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June-08-2016

WVEA opposes state Board of Education’s passage of A-F school grading policy 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WVEA strongly disagrees with the West Virginia Board of Education’s passage today of its A-F school grading policy (Policy 2320), as this unnecessary program will perpetuate the idea that many of our public schools are failing even though that is not the case.

Beginning this fall, schools will receive an A, B, C, D or F grade based on a scoring system approved by...

June-07-2016

Hoppy's Commentary: West Virginia Budget 3.0
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

Governor Tomblin will pull out his veto pen this week for the budget plan sent to him by the Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Delegates.  Chris Stadelman, Tomblin’s Director of Communications, left no doubt in an interview on Talkline last Friday that Tomblin would trash the document.

“It’s completely unworkable,” said Stadelman.  “It’s an irresponsible plan and...

June-06-2016

Lawmakers look for path forward with budget veto expected
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State lawmakers could be back at the state capitol before the end of the week to resume work on a new state budget. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to veto the budget bill passed by the House of Delegates and state Senate last Thursday.

Sen. Charles Trump (R-Morgan) voted for the budget but would like to see less money taken out of the Rainy Day Fund. The budget bill...

June-06-2016

Statehouse Beat: Legislature had no plan for budget
Phil Kabler , Staff Writer

As the Legislature spent a third week wandering in the wilderness of the special session, frustrated Democrats poised a legitimate question to leadership: “What is the plan?”

The lack of a concise answer from leadership made it evident even before the passage of a budget bill that relies on a massive raid of the state Rainy Day reserve funds: There was no plan.

Senate...

June-06-2016

As budget remains unsettled, PEIA debate expected to continue
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Funding for the upcoming new plan year for the state Public Employees Insurance Agency will be up for discussion again among state lawmakers when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoes the budget bill passed by state lawmakers Thursday night.

The bill includes an additional $43 million for the state workers insurance plan, an amount originally proposed by the governor, which...

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