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January-21-2019

W.Va. ‘omnibus education bill’ gets a warning from educators’ associations
By Brad McElhinny in News | January 21, 2019 at 12:39PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Talk of the state Capitol hallways has been a possible bill that would roll in a variety of changes to West Virginia’s...

January-17-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s bill to pay teachers more who are willing to get additional training in math was introduced in the state Senate Wednesday but it may be changed to make it more enticing.

The measure, SB 327, would provide a one-time $2,000 payment to teachers who take specialized mathematics courses developed by the state Department of Education.

According to the bill text, “The purpose of this bill is...

January-15-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The law of unintended consequences means West Virginia colleges may be on the hook for up to $35 million in unanticipated expenses.

That’s because of two promises made during Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address.

The governor promised pay raises for state employees. There’s money to cover state employees who work for agencies funded by general revenue. But for agencies funded through special...

January-14-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public high school four-year graduation rate last school year was 90 percent, up from 89 percent the previous school year and about the same as the year before that.

Counties’ graduation rates ranged from 83 percent in Kanawha, which has the state’s highest public school enrollment, and in Cabell, which has the third-highest enrollment, to 97 percent in Doddridge, Lewis, Mingo, Morgan, Putnam and Tyler counties.

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January-11-2019

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes $200 million in one-time supplemental appropriations — including $105 million for a PEIA reserve fund, Budget Office Director Michael Cook told the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

Justice, in his State of the State address Wednesday, announced he was upping his pledge for PEIA from the previously announced $100 million commitment to $150 million.

On Thursday,...

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