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October-14-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that new school buses have seat belts. It notes that, without them, rollover crashes can kill kids.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also backs bus seat belts.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration head Mark Rosekind said in 2015 that, “I want us to concentrate on this simple, basic statement: School buses should have seat belts. Period.”

Rosekind left the NHTSA...

October-11-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than half of West Virginia teachers missed more than 10 days of school last year, according to research by the state Department of Education.

Across the state, 52.75 percent of teachers missed more than 10 days, according to the research.

The prior year’s number was 52.46.

The year before that it was 51.44.

And in 2016 it was 50.83.

“The impact is that kids need to be in their...

October-10-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine decided to pull the plug on plans to release a draft of the proposed policy for public charter schools at Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting in Clarksburg.

“I put a halt on the policy because I’m not comfortable with it coming forward yet,” Paine told board members. “We’ve done a lot of work. They’ve done a tremendous amount of work and good quality work but...

October-09-2019

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Hats off, to Kenna Elementary School, for exceeding West Virginia state standards in every category by which the school is measured. Congratulations also, to Evans Elementary, in Jackson County, which exceeded in every category but one.

In a state where education has been a leaning Jenga tower, with standards adopted then jettisoned, sweeping policy changes frequently proposed and, in some cases, enacted, and public school teachers...

October-08-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Public Employees Insurance Agency Executive Director Ted Cheatham says Charleston Area Medical Center’s decision to terminate its contract with The Health Plan won’t have a major impact on the state-run health insurance program.

“We looked at CAMC data with The Health Plan and I think less than a thousand people got admitted to the hospital at CAMC over the last 12 months,” Cheatham told MetroNews. “The...

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