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PEIA members face $500 increase if they don’t register for Healthy Tomorrows
By Jeff Jenkins in WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the state-run insurance system face an additional $500 deductible if they fail to register for the Healthy Tomorrows program during the current open enrollment period which ends May 15.

Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Director Ted Cheatham said Monday on MetroNews Talkline the first year of the three-year...


Most comments are in favor of new K-12 science standards
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The vast majority of official comments on new statewide K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — were in favor of them, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

“Over 7,000 people commented through individual comments, petitions, or via special interest groups,” the...


WVDE recognizes 42 schools for high performance and progress
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

The West Virginia Department of Education announced the 2014-2015 Reward Schools list Thursday. Forty-two schools statewide were honored for high performance and progress.

The state DOE determined where schools were placed on the list based on results from the WESTEST2 conducted in the spring of 2014.

Melanie Purkey, executive director of the state DOE...


Standing law could restrict snow-day forgiveness in W.Va.
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

County school districts in West Virginia might still have to make up all missed snow days this academic year, despite efforts to find them some exemptions....


Therapist asks W.Va. to join nearby states in mandating school hours, not days
By Jessica Farrish, (Beckley) Register-Herald

 A physical therapist in the Raleigh County school system said she's so tired of Charleston lawmakers wreaking havoc on the local...