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February-17-2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 17, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the state Senate starts consideration of a major tax overhaul this week, the Democrats who would be needed for passage have questions.

“We’re still mulling it over,” said Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone.

The Republican majority in the Senate has talked for months about opening up the state Constitution to allow property taxes on manufacturers to be cut.

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February-14-2020

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

February 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill to implement training for all teachers, school leaders, paraprofessionals and specialized instructional support personnel on ‘trauma-informed practices’ in schools is headed to the House floor.

House Bill 4649, which would do require the state board to...

February-13-2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 13, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education voted to accept rules governing the establishment of charter schools in West Virginia.

Only board member Deborah Sullivan, former principal at Charleston Catholic, voted against the rules. Sullivan said her objection is not with how the rules were produced but instead with the charter schools concept.

Sullivan suggested that county...

February-11-2020

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

February 11, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill opponents said could have caused a third teachers strike in as many years was defeated in a House committee Monday afternoon on a tie vote.

The measure, HB 4043, would have required spouses of state workers who have jobs outside state government but still get their health insurance through PEIA to take their employer’s insurance or pay premiums to the state....

February-10-2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

February 10, 2020

West Virginia has received high national rankings for feeding children in need during the school day.

But feeding children during the summer is another matter. It’s harder when they aren’t all being driven or bused to school buildings complete with cafeterias and cooks....

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