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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

By Jeff Jenkins in News 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing pay  for state workers in a tight budget year. The governor unveiled the plan during his State of the State Address Wednesday night.

Tomblin wants to increase teacher and school service personnel pay by 2 percent and give all other state workers a $504 increase. It will be the first pay raise for the workers in two years.

While encouraged a proposed raise made it into what’s expected to be a...

January-09-2014

by Whitney Burdette
Daily Mail staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Teachers, school service personnel and state workers will see an increase in their paychecks this year.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced in his State of the State address that teachers and service personnel -- which includes bus drivers and custodians -- will see a 2 percent increase while state workers will earn $504 more in the coming year. 

These increases come in a year where state officials say the...

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...

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