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Citing larger problems, Tomblin vetoes funds for Schools for Deaf and Blind
 By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill last week — passed nearly unanimously by both houses of the Legislature — that would have made the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind eligible for more money to fix extensive issues with its facilities.

The governor’s veto of House Bill 2160 follows his line-item veto of $1.5...


Hoppy Kercheval: 180 days of instruction means 180 days of instruction

Gov. Tomblin spent considerable time in his 2013 State of the State address talking about improving public education in West Virginia.
One of his proposals included a requirement that students have 180 separate instructional days.

“We need to get back to a place of common sense in our approach to education. Otherwise, we will never get to an adequate level of instructional time,” the...


Kanawha superintendent gets raise, extension
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County school board members approved Monday a one-year contract extension and raise for their superintendent, after amending the contract to reduce the proposed pay increase.

Ron Duerring will get a $3,150 raise for the 2015-16 school year, a 2 percent increase above his current $157,500 annual salary. His proposed new contract in...


Commenters favor new K-12 science curriculum
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The vast majority of official comments on new statewide K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — were in favor of them, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

“Over 7,000 people commented through individual comments, petitions, or via special interest groups,” the...


PEIA members face $500 increase if they don’t register for Healthy Tomorrows
By Jeff Jenkins in WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the state-run insurance system face an additional $500 deductible if they fail to register for the Healthy Tomorrows program during the current open enrollment period which ends May 15.

Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Director Ted Cheatham said Monday on MetroNews Talkline the first year of the three-year...