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Statehouse Beat: Shorter interims schedule leaves issues unaddressed
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

I think we can declare the Legislature’s experiment with a sharply truncated schedule of legislative interim meetings an abject failure.

Not only did the new leadership shorten interims from three days a month to one and a half days, but they took May, July and August off entirely. (At the moment, they’re also planning to take December interims off as well...


Decrease in WV’s public school enrollment speeds up
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public school student enrollment dropped nearly 2,760 students from last school year to this one, more than double the declines in the past two years, according to data released last week by the state Department of Education.

It’s the biggest one-year decrease in about 15 years, although the establishment of the state’s pre-kindergarten...


Tomblin has 62 percent approval, highest of any Democratic governor
By David Gutman, Political Reporter, WV Gazette Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has the highest approval rating of any Democratic governor in the country, according to a new survey of voters in all 50 states conducted by a Washington-based politics and polling site.

The survey gave Tomblin an approval rating of 62 percent among registered West Virginia voters, compared with a disapproval...


Kanawha school board strengthens LGBT employment protections, hears calendar concerns
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette mail

The Kanawha County school board Thursday approved policy changes meant to protect prospective and current LGBT employees from discrimination and heard concerns over a proposed 2016-17 school calendar that some at the board meeting argued doesn’t provide employees enough preparation time before school starts.

The board...


Teachers, Students Air Concerns
By Lauren Matthews - Staff Writer, Wetzel Chronicle

Teachers, students and their supporters gathered at the Wetzel County Board of Education office for the second week in a row to stand in solidarity and protest changes being made in the county's school system. Many of the individuals attribute these changes to new superintendent, Leatha Williams.

Educator Shauna Heil spoke to the board "as a parent and as an educator."...