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WV Teacher of the Year to be presented new car, check
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice’s office will present West Virginia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year with a new car and a check Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Toni Poling, an English teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in Marion County, has been honored with the award. She has been teaching at Fairmont since 2006.

Poling will receive a new Toyota from Toyota Motor...


DeVos confirmed; WVEA leader says it’s now wait and see
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could have an immediate impact on public schools in West Virginia.

DeVos was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday on a 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie after a 24-hour talk-athon by senators against DeVos, the charter school advocate...


Manchin maintains opposition as DeVos vote draws near
By Amanda Mangan, WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A vote could come Tuesday in the U.S. Senate on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary and that vote could be 50-50 split just like West Virginia’s U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito.

Manchin said on Potomac Highlands Today on MetroNews affiliate WKLP DeVos does not understand the public school system because she has...


Justice pursuing a 'different course' in education
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

When Lloyd Jackson announced his immediate resignation from his vice president spot on the West Virginia Board of Education, he noted it was at former governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s suggestion that the board helped develop “significant policies that are calculated to improve student achievement.”

Jackson wrote in his Tuesday night resignation news release that these...


Armstead says needed cuts won't spare education, DHHR
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Speaker of the House Tim Armstead said Thursday that the state can’t make “necessary” cuts in the upcoming legislative session if it doesn’t cut funding for education and the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Legislature faces a possible half-a-billion-dollar funding gap in next fiscal year’s budget if it doesn’t act to reduce...