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October-29-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s high percentage of schoolkids who receive free meals could be threatened with changes being considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.USDA has proposed changing its direct certification process involving SNAP benefits.

Currently, if a child’s family receives food stamps it automatically makes them eligible for free meals at school. The change would require those families to sign-up separately...

October-28-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Four hundred school buses in West Virginia have seat backs that may lack sufficient cushioning to prevent injury in crashes, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

Thomas Built Buses, the manufacturer of the affected buses, said in a statement that “an increased risk of injury may be present during certain frontal impact events if an unrestrained passenger’s knee strikes certain portions of the seat back surface area” of...

October-24-2019

By Jordan Nelson, The Register-Herald

With over 700 teacher vacancies in West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is looking for ways to not only recruit teachers, but also retain them and keep them in the field. 

The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), along with WVDE officials, made a pit stop in Greenbrier County Wednesday night as part of a listening tour, where they listened to attendees voices their opinions and concerns on the state of...

October-22-2019

Isn’t it obvious that seat belts are needed in school buses? Yet, there are no state or federal regulations mandating them. And the West Virginia Department of Education doesn’t require them on newly purchased buses. What’s up? The issue is more complex than it seems. Here’s my take.

The loss or serious injury of any child is too great of a cost. That’s a given. I’m familiar with it. My adult stepdaughter was killed in a one-car rollover accident while not wearing a seat belt. Had she...

October-21-2019

By Sonya Ashby

It’s that time of year again — election season, also known as teacher-bashing season. Have you noticed that in the last few years every time an election is pending teachers are once again painted as villains and leeches of the public coffers? This cycle has happened with such predictability that one wonders what the powers that be are trying to divert the public attention from. (cough PEIA cough)

So, what have teachers done now? We have committed the unpardonable...

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