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April-03-2019

By Joselyn King, The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING — Northern Panhandle residents weighed in Tuesday night on what the West Virginia Legislature can do to improve education, with some thinking elected state leaders shouldn’t even be involved with passing public school reforms into law.

They suggested any proposed education reform package instead go directly before West Virginia voters as a referendum.

The idea came up during a discussion at a table...

April-02-2019

By Kyleigh Rice WDTV

HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Social emotional supports, school choice and innovation, funding opportunities, and instructional quality were the four main group discussions community members could participate in at the West Virginia's Voice Education Forum held at Robert C. Byrd High School.

The forum allowed the community to voice their opinions about how the education system...

April-01-2019

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register

CHARLESTON — Despite both having more work to do, the work of the task force looking at state employee health insurance and the commission looking at higher education appear to be done unless Gov. Jim Justice breathes new life into these committees.

Both the Blue Ribbon Commission for Four-Year Higher Education and the Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force were slated to wrap up their work in December. Both...

March-29-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice says he vetoed Senate Bill 624, which would have let counties use exams other than the SAT as their 11th-grade standardized test, partly because it “directly conflicts” with existing West Virginia law.

His written veto message, released Thursday, says: “The comprehensive statewide student assessment adopted prior to the testing window of the 2017-2018 school year shall continue to be used for at least a total of four...

March-27-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice has signed the free community college tuition bill. West Virginia students may be able to benefit from it in the upcoming academic year.

Senate Bill 1 will guarantee students free tuition when pursuing certain certificates and associate’s degrees at in-state, public community colleges and those public, primarily four-year colleges that also offer associate’s degrees.

Matt Turner, executive vice chancellor for...

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