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July-13-2015

Gayle Manchin: Back to square one after Fayette County bond failure
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. After a $39 million bond referendum to renovate Fayette County Schools was soundly defeated last month, state Board of Education member Gayle Manchin recently weighed-in on what the next step is for the school system.

If the bond had passed, it would have been used to build a new elementary school in Mount Hope, a new middle school in...

July-13-2015

Statehouse Beat: Prevailing wage subpoena latest GOP misstep
By Phil Kabler,The Charleston Gazette

The new legislative leadership continues to be a riches of embarrassment, with their latest faux pas being to subpoena documents they, evidently, already had in their possession.

That was the latest salvo in the GOP leadership’s extreme displeasure with the way WorkForce West Virginia is recalculating the state’s prevailing wage rate for major state-funded...

July-10-2015

Education bill to include amendment sponsored by Manchin, Toomey
By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON — Standardized tests, states’ rights, passing the trash and early childhood education are all in the mix as Congress wrestles with an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The name of the proposed substitute — Every Child Achieves — underscores the unpopularity of the signature legislation of President George W. Bush. Conservatives...

July-10-2015

State board names new officers; White cries foul
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education Thursday elected new officers, but the only board member to vote against the choices accused his colleagues of a “back room deal” despite saying he didn’t know who specifically was involved.

“We talk about transparency — I don’t dislike any one of those people, but you don’t pull that kind of crap,” Bill White told the Gazette after...

July-10-2015

Coaches sound off on school board ruling
By Ryan Pritt, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education may have passed on a vote regarding year-round coaching in high school athletics on Thursday, but several coaches in the area didn't pass on sounding off on the decision.

Had the rule passed, coaching would've been permitted for athletes all year long with the exception of weekends, July 4th and the week before each sport started.

As...

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