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April 1, 2019

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register

CHARLESTON — Despite both having more work to do, the work of the task force looking at state employee health insurance and the commission looking at higher education appear to be done unless Gov. Jim Justice breathes new life into these committees.

Both the Blue Ribbon Commission for Four-Year Higher Education and the Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force were slated to wrap up their work in December. Both...

April 2, 2019

By Kyleigh Rice WDTV

HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Social emotional supports, school choice and innovation, funding opportunities, and instructional quality were the four main group discussions community members could participate in at the West Virginia's Voice Education Forum held at Robert C. Byrd High School.

The forum allowed the community to voice their opinions about how the education system...

April 3, 2019

By Joselyn King, The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING — Northern Panhandle residents weighed in Tuesday night on what the West Virginia Legislature can do to improve education, with some thinking elected state leaders shouldn’t even be involved with passing public school reforms into law.

They suggested any proposed education reform package instead go directly before West Virginia voters as a referendum.

The idea came up during a discussion at a table...

April 4, 2019

By Amber Sipe, WSAZ

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/3/19 @ 4:25 p.m.
A school that has been dealing with a scabies issue had a slightly more than 83 percent absentee rate on Wednesday, according to the superintendent's office at Holden Central Elementary School.

Only 29 of 174 children made it to school on Wednesday.

The school was closed Tuesday because of strong fumes left over from cleaning supplies. Parents are asking to...

April 8, 2019

By The Dominion Post

“It’s just really good to listen to people.”

That should be the first point of reference for the Legislature once it resumes its special session on public education reforms.

The remark above was one of the state superintendent of schools’ observations following the final forum on the state’s education system.

We were encouraged by the thousands of West Virginians who participated in the eight forums sponsored by the state Department of...

April 9, 2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A final report from the eight Department of Education-sponsored education reform public forums won’t be ready in time for Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting.

State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said they will talk about the forums but the final report is going to take a few weeks to put together. The mediation firm the department hired is working with Marshall University to put all of the...

April 10, 2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. — Speaking in Greenbrier County Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice said he believes all parties can agree to have a few pilot charter schools as part of an anticipated education reform package.

“I think the Dems, I think the unions, I think all will go with us to two or three pilot charter schools. I don’t think that’s going to be a deal breaker,” Justice said.

The governor, who was in Ronceverte to hand out a sewer...

April 11, 2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members asked Wednesday about legal issues regarding rejecting orders that state lawmakers give them.

The discussion came after lawmakers repeatedly have tried to pass major curriculum changes in recent years and as they consider other substantial changes to education in the upcoming special legislative session.

“We’re concerned possibly with the encroachment of the Legislature,” said state school...

April 15, 2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says some of the education reform discussion that state lawmakers are going to do when their special session resumes should focus on middle school students.

Lee, a guest Friday on MetroNews “Talkline,” said the state is failing a lot of them.

“That’s where a lot of kids are losing interest,” Lee said.

Lee said at least two areas should be...

April 16, 2019

By Eddie Trizzino, Times West Virginian 

FAIRMONT – After the West Virginia legislative session wrapped up this year, many questions remained about public school funding, and more importantly, a promised teacher raise.

Gov. Jim Justice said he wanted to address “education betterment” in a special session, however, lawmakers are still in the dark as to when such a session may take place.

“We don’t even know when it’s going to be right now,” said Sen. Roman Prezioso(D-...

April 18, 2019

By Tyler Barker, WOAY TV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K Program once again ranks among the top in the nation, according to the 2018 Yearbook released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER recognizes West Virginia as a leader in pre-K access for 4-year-olds and quality standards.

The State of Preschool Yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding...

April 18, 2019

By WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Schools in 14 West Virginia counties will receive federal funding from the Secure Rural Schools program.

The more than $1.7 million total comes after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned a U.S. Department of Agriculture official during a hearing last week about the lapse in funding.

“While it’s unacceptable the payments have lapsed this long, I am relieved the Forest Service has responded to my continued urging...

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