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Education bills concern WVEA president in Charleston
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The bill which would give West Virginia teachers and school service workers a payraise has cleared its first hurdle in Charleston.  The K-12 Education proposed by Governor Jim Justice bill won late night approval Wednesday in the House Finance Committee with the pay improvement intact.   It’s unknown how long that will stand however as the bill goes to the House Finance...


Ed. official: Paine, D’Antoni, Hess are WV schools chief finalists
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education’s has selected three finalists for state schools superintendent, according to an education official.

The finalists are: Steve Paine, who served as state superintendent from mid-2005 through the end of 2010; Kathy D’Antoni, the state Department of Education’s chief career and technical education officer; and Blaine...


Despite concerns about lower and middle class, tax bill moves forward
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislation to substantially change West Virginia’s tax system continues to move forward in the Senate, despite concerns that it could hurt lower- and middle-class families and state retailers.

A Senate finance subcommittee on Monday advanced the Tax Reform Act (SB 335), which in its current version would significantly reduce income tax,...


Cheatham: PEIA bill would give finance board more flexibility
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

A bill approved Monday by the House of Delegates Finance Committee would give the state PEIA Finance Board more flexibility when it comes to the annual changes in health insurance for active state workers.

The bill (HB 2871) would eliminate the mandated employer versus employee cost share of 80 percent employer, 20 percent employee for PEIA and allow the finance...


State Board of Education to start streaming meeting audio
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education has agreed to begin live-streaming its meetings starting April 12.

At least as far back as July 2015, Bill White, then a board member, had suggested the board consider televising or live-streaming its meetings. As of January of this year, when White was still a member, the board still hadn’t begun doing so, and White...