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WVDE announces free summer meal offerings
Charleston Gazette-Mail staff reports

The West Virginia Department of Education held a kickoff event Thursday for the federally funded Summer Food Service Program, which gives free meals to children and teens across the state throughout the summer.

A Thursday news release said an average of 178,000 West Virginia schoolchildren depend on free and reduced-price meals at school and have access to them throughout the...


Conference committee meeting to discuss revenue bill
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Differences over a revenue bill meant to be a key component of a state budget for the coming fiscal year are now to be worked out in conference committee.

After days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the state Senate appointed a conference committee consisting of Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, Minority Leader Roman Prezioso and senators Craig Blair, Ed...


Manchin, Capito question DeVos on education budget
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON — During more than two hours of testimony Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos answered questions from Senate subcommittee members regarding the Trump administration’s budget proposal.

The administration put forward a $59 billion education budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a $9 billion reduction from the 2017 continuing resolution.

Two senators who...


State education office taking comments on disabilities policy
By WV MetroNews Staff

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education held its second of three public hearings on revisions to the state’s policy regarding students with specialized instruction related to disabilities.

The department’s Office of Special Education held its meeting Tuesday at the Edison Professional Development Center, a facility of Kanawha County Schools. The...


Nicholas County judge: School board didn't violate open-meeting laws
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A Nicholas County Circuit judge ruled Friday the Nicholas County Board of Education did not violate open-meeting laws when discussing consolidation plans within the school system.

Circuit Judge James Rowe said there was no “convincing evidence” secret meetings occurred to discuss consolidating five institutions into two schools, and the...