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January-14-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public high school four-year graduation rate last school year was 90 percent, up from 89 percent the previous school year and about the same as the year before that.

Counties’ graduation rates ranged from 83 percent in Kanawha, which has the state’s highest public school enrollment, and in Cabell, which has the third-highest enrollment, to 97 percent in Doddridge, Lewis, Mingo, Morgan, Putnam and Tyler counties.

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January-11-2019

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes $200 million in one-time supplemental appropriations — including $105 million for a PEIA reserve fund, Budget Office Director Michael Cook told the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

Justice, in his State of the State address Wednesday, announced he was upping his pledge for PEIA from the previously announced $100 million commitment to $150 million.

On Thursday,...

January-10-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice promised to raise pay for teachers, put more money toward their health insurance and allow them to bank sick days in his State of the State Address Wednesday night.

Justice’s plan includes a five percent raise for teachers and $150 million funding for PEIA. American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia President Fred Albert said what Justice said should leave classroom teachers hopeful.

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January-09-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The speaker of the House of Delegates and the state Senate president both prioritized educational changes Tuesday, but hinted at discord as to what those may involve.

The Republican legislative leaders say the upcoming session will include talk of free community college tuition, charter schools and higher pay for math teachers, though the House of Delegates speaker isn’t as firmly behind the first two issues as the Senate president is....

January-08-2019

By Joselyn King, The Intelligencer 

West Virginia leads the nation when it comes to the percentage of children under age 6 living in poverty, and this statistic has the state’s teachers seeing red.

Educators across West Virginia will “Go Red for Ed” on Wednesday, the first day of the West Virginia Legislature 2019 regular session. Teachers from across the state are set to stand outside local schools a half-hour before classes start Wednesday, wearing red to call for more...

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