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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...


By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With a marathon of meetings Monday afternoon, the PEIA Task Force approved a series of recommendations to present to the West Virginia Legislature on Tuesday, but left many key issues unresolved.

Despite a Tuesday deadline to submit its recommendations, Task Force Chairman Mike Hall, who is chief of staff to Gov. Jim Justice, announced Monday that Justice has decided to extend the Task Force so it can continue work on the unresolved...


By: Roger Riddell, EducationDive

When its over, 2018 may go down as the year teachers finally had enough — and brought public support along with them. After years of shouldering the blame for schools' challenges to the point that former U.S. Secretary of Education John King felt the need to issue an apology, all while facing ...


By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force are expected to finalize their recommendations to the Legislature early next week — without identifying a dedicated funding source to offset ongoing health care cost increases.

West Virginia teachers are following the task force’s progress closely, leaders of the state’s teachers unions said.

“Our members are watching this very carefully,” said Fred Albert, newly elected...


By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With a Dec. 11 deadline looming, a subcommittee of the governor’s PEIA task force adopted some key recommendations Tuesday, including a proposal to eliminate penalties for seeking medical care in out-of-state border counties.

However, the task force — created at the height of the statewide teacher walkout to find a long-term “fix” to ongoing problems with the state-run health insurance plan — is likely to leave major issues unresolved...