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Commentary: How much poverty budgeting will West Va. take?
By Rick Wilson, for The Charleston Gazette editorial page

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how the website WalletHub came up with a list of the best and worst places for millennials to live. It’s no surprise that West Virginia came out on the bottom. But, as my friend Stephen Smith wrote with Pastor Mason Ballard in a Gazette-Mail op-ed online, it’s the best state to come to, if you want to make a...


Gov. Justice signs bill raising pre-k and kindergarten enrollment age
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The dates by when West Virginia children must enter kindergarten and must be offered free kindergarten and pre-kindergarten are set to change in the coming years.

Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 186, which will eventually move from Sept. 1 to July 1 the cutoff date for when a child must be a certain age before being...


Justice names two new state board members
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has announced the appointments of Deborah Sullivan of Charleston and Joseph Wallace of Elkins to serve on the state Board of Education.

The board positions opened after recently-appointed Chuck Hatfield, a former Putnam County superintendent, stepped down to spend more time helping his ill mother, and after another recent appointee, Barbara...


After 1 year of program, no reports of naloxone used in Cabell schools
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

School nurses in Cabell County have carried the drug naloxone for one year, but Superintendent Bill Smith says, fortunately, the drug has not been administered to anyone in the school system.

“We have not had the horror of having a child succumb to an overdose in the schools and that to me is good, but we just need to be prepared,” Smith told MetroNews...


State board OKs computer science courses to satisfy math, science credits
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a voice vote with no nays heard, the West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved providing computer science courses that public high school students can take to satisfy math and science graduation requirements.

The standards revision creating those classes also establishes one middle school computer science course, Discovering...