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June-28-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency is on solid financial footing for now, but is keeping a close eye on a trend of people leaving their school or state positions.

During a PEIA Finance Board meeting on Thursday, agency officials including director Ted Cheatham acknowledged watching the effects of a shrinking pool of members.

The number is a couple thousand a year, Cheatham said.

On the one...

June-26-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN – Following the Senate’s passage of the omnibus education bill, Senate President Mitch Carmichael is confident a county board of education will take the next step to authorize the establishment of West Virginia’s first charter school.

The West Virginia Senate approved HB 206 18-16, along a party-line vote Monday night. Like previous versions, the bill includes a variety of proposed changes to the education system,...

June-25-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Legislature finished passing a much-amended version of the omnibus education bill Monday, sending it to Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who has said he will sign it.

Justice’s signature on House Bill 206 would open West Virginia to its first charter schools. That would be one of many effects of the sweeping legislation.

The Senate voted 18-16 Monday to pass HB 206, which is similar to Senate Bill 1039, which senators...

June-24-2019

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislating shouldn’t be this hard.

In the textbook version, one identifies a problem, comes up with a series of possible solutions to the problem, and determines which solution has the best chance of gaining consensus among members.

Legislating shouldn’t require stealth, sleight-of-hand, intimidation, deception, arm-twisting and manipulation.

 

Still, you’ve got to hand it to House Speaker Roger Hanshaw...

June-21-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Mitch Carmichael says lawmakers will be back early next week to take up and pass an omnibus education bill.

“I look forward to calling us back in on Monday, perhaps would be the earliest,” Carmichael said today on MetroNews’ “Talkline.” “We’ll just have to see the condition of the bill.”

The omnibus education bill passed the House of Delegates earlier this week.

The bill includes...

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