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Fewer students, younger teachers cited for drop in state education budget
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Department of Education’s budget decreased by $85.3 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which started last week, because of decreased student enrollment, continued retirements of higher-paid teachers, increased property values and lower required retirement payments.



Prevailing wage repeal may have to be revisited, says original sponsor
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A “true wage” is what he’s after, but state Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley, 15) said he doubts that’s what’s going to come out of the ongoing prevailing wage calculations from WorkForce West Virginia authorized in a new state law.

Data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, must be factored in, Blair...


Standardized test results expected to come back early
By Matthew Baumgarten,

Despite the confusion and at times, frustration, for students, teachers, and parents with this past year's standardized testing, the state says test results will be available much earlier than expected.

According to state superintendent Michael Martirano, local school boards should get their test results in August.

Previously, boards had to wait until as late as...


Hoppy Kercheval: State superintendent sticks to 180 days
WV MetroNews

The public school year in some West Virginia counties ended with a kind of educational malaise; poor student attendance, many teachers out, no real instruction, grumbling by parents that their kids had to attend school well into June and a general waste of time.

The worst problems were in counties that missed a lot of days because of winter weather.  Their school year was extended to...


Tomblin to discuss juvenile justice reform in Huntington
By Huntington Herald-Dispatch Staff

HUNTINGTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is outlining a new push to overhaul West Virginia's juvenile justice system.

Tomblin will be in Huntington on Thursday afternoon discussing reforms that passed last legislative session. The event will be at the St. Mary's Center for Education.

With the law, truancy diversion specialists will be in every county and youth...