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By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice says he vetoed Senate Bill 624, which would have let counties use exams other than the SAT as their 11th-grade standardized test, partly because it “directly conflicts” with existing West Virginia law.

His written veto message, released Thursday, says: “The comprehensive statewide student assessment adopted prior to the testing window of the 2017-2018 school year shall continue to be used for at least a total of four...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice has signed the free community college tuition bill. West Virginia students may be able to benefit from it in the upcoming academic year.

Senate Bill 1 will guarantee students free tuition when pursuing certain certificates and associate’s degrees at in-state, public community colleges and those public, primarily four-year colleges that also offer associate’s degrees.

Matt Turner, executive vice chancellor for...


By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has until midnight Wednesday to make a decision on the bills passed by state lawmakers during the 60-day regular legislative session. His office received final enrolled copies of 105 bills in the last two business days.

“We received 59 bills on Friday and we got 46 bills yesterday and we’re still waiting one, so that’s a big chunk right there,” Justice administration Chief Counsel Brian Abraham...


By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A small number of West Virginia’s 50,000 total retired teachers and other state workers will see increases in their monthly retirement benefits beginning this June.

Governor Jim Justice has signed into law SB 3095 which applies to the retirees in those two categories with at...


By Caity Coyne, Charleston Gazette-Mail

WELCH — Disrespected, ignored, unappreciated and demoralized were just a few of the words used by Southern West Virginia teachers to describe their relationship with the Legislature at the West Virginia Department of Education’s second listening forum for education reform on Tuesday.

“We honestly, we dread each legislative session, year after year after year,” said William French, a teacher at Glenwood School, in Mercer County. “Each year...