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December-14-2018

By: Jordan Nelson, Beckley Register-Herald

The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Finance Board hosted a public hearing Thursday in Beckley to provide insight to its participants on what the PEIA Task Force has been working toward in providing a fix to the insurance coverage plan.

Afterward, participants were able to voice their opinions on the matter, and many praised the work of the task force, but concerns were still voiced.

Executive Director of PEIA Ted...

December-13-2018

By WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board held Wednesday the first public hearing on its plan proposals set to begin July 2019.

PEIA director Ted Cheatham led the first hearing, a teleconference in which policyholders were able to participate.

“First off, let me thank everyone for their patience,” Cheatham began. “As you know, the Task Force has been working on PEIA, and the governor has been giving us and...

December-13-2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to recommend state lawmakers provide more money to maintain buildings, purchase supplies, offer vocational education, address students’ mental health and give alternative education to students with discipline issues.

The state school board, in a voice vote with no nays heard, also suggested increasing pay for school employees and resurrecting incentives for them not to use their leave...

December-12-2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. − The West Virginia Education Association issued the following statement in response to the appointment of Senator Patricia Rucker as Senate Education Committee chair. 

We are disappointed to hear that Senator Rucker has been named chair of the Senate Education Committee and to read Senator Carmichael’s statement that “…she understands it will take bold reforms and landmark change to truly make a difference in West Virginia’s educational landscape.”

The WVEA,...

December-12-2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Patricia Rucker, a home-school and private-school advocate and vaccine requirement opponent, will be the state Senate Education Committee’s chairwoman, replacing the teachers union-backed Kenny Mann, Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced Tuesday.

The Legislature’s other education body will also see new leadership when the next session starts Jan. 9. Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, said he’ll no longer be leading the House...

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