September 2015

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September 16, 2015

Fayette school plan may face resistance from School Building Authority
By Jeff Jenkins, Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fayette County won’t get all of the money it’s seeking from the state School Building in the upcoming funding cycle and there’s question if it will get any at all.

The SBA will have $52 million to allocate in December. Projects from across the state are due Oct. 1. SBA Executive Director David Sneed expects to have up to 40 projects...

September 18, 2015

W.Va. poverty rate increases again
By Daniel Tyson, Register-Herald Reporter

In August the federal government announced West Virginia has the lowest civilian workforce participation, on Tuesday it was learned the state has a 7.6 unemployment rate, the nation's highest.

Then on Thursday the bad economic news continued. A report shows nearly 20 percent of West Virginians live in poverty and more alarming a quarter of its children reside in homes earning...

September 18, 2015

Community leaders: Tax reform should work for all West Virginians
By Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter, The State Journal

While legislators debated tax structure on one end of the Capitol, education, faith and community groups met on the opposite side to talk about what to expect.

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, said it’s important to remember that the state can’t increase taxes on low and middle income families.


September 18, 2015

Boone County school consolidations loom, superintendent says
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Because of millions in lost property tax revenue and declining enrollment, Boone County officials are considering consolidating several of the county’s smaller schools.

Amid rumors that schools soon will be closed, Superintendent John Hudson told concerned parents and schools officials attending a Boone County Board of Education...

September 18, 2015

Parent Calls For Action on Schools Without A/C
Written by Renata Di Gregorio, WDTV

It's been over 80 degrees this week, and that's not in a classroom. Beverly Elementary is one of five schools in Randolph County without air conditioning. Now a concerned parent is saying the community and officials need to join together to make sure the classroom isn't a hot environment, only a learning one.
The school building was built and then added on to during...

September 18, 2015

Kanawha school board approves LGBT protections
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Kanawha County school board voted unanimously Thursday to add specific protections regarding sexual orientation to its cultural diversity and human relations policy.

The policy change, which didn’t receive any written comments after it was placed on 30-day public comment period last month, is generally aimed at protecting school employees from...

September 21, 2015

W.Va. continues to rank high in poverty
By Joel Ebert, Federal Courts Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s 17 percent poverty rate in 2014 was the highest it has been in the last decade, with the exception of 2011, when 17.2 percent of county residents were living in poverty, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. The finding is one of many that provide details about how West Virginia fared last year in terms of...

September 21, 2015

Benefit cuts loom for WV health insurer PEIA
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With no new state funding available, the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board will have to come up with about $60 million in benefit cuts to the health insurance plan for the 2016-17 plan year, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham has confirmed.

That’s on top of $40 million in cuts imposed for the current plan year, cuts achieved primarily...

September 22, 2015

Latest Common Core town hall scheduled in Northern Panhandle
The Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. — The public will have an opportunity to learn about West Virginia's academic standards for grades K-12 at a town hall meeting in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Liberty University's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

The meeting will include an open question and...

September 22, 2015

Survey says W.Va. ranks 13th in tax fairness
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia ranks 13th in the U.S. in fairness of its state and local taxes, a WalletHub survey released Monday shows.

Ranking states based on how progressive their state and local tax rates are — with tax fairness defined as having higher taxes on wealthier households — West Virginia ranked 9th for its comparatively low property taxes, 36th for dependency on sales...

September 23, 2015

Kessler challenges Justice to gubernatorial debate
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler is challenging his opponent, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, to a series of debates before the 2016 Democratic primary election in West Virginia.

Kessler, a state senator from Marshall County, issued the challenge during an interview Tuesday afternoon on Ravenswood radio station WMOV.

“Mr. Justice is a...

September 23, 2015

Boso says rural counties hit hardest by formula underfunding
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

State Senator Greg Boso (R, Nicholas – 11) wants to see changes and corrections to the Department of Education’s School Aid Formula to make up for underfunding in rural counties – many of which he represents.

“The one thing that we’ve got to do very quickly is make sure that we get the Department of Education to modify their calculation efforts to make sure that...