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January-23-2019

By David Beard, The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Transportation & Infrastructure Committee approved a bill to increase the penalties for passing a school bus when its lights are flashing and students are getting on and off.

The committee also heard from a Division of Highways official on DOT’s problems keeping up with secondary road paving and maintenance.

The bus bill is SB 238. Passing a bus with flashing lights is a misdemeanor. It...

January-22-2019

By Dave Mistich, WV Public Broadcasting

Unions representing public educators and school service personnel are trying to stave off a bill that hasn’t even been introduced yet. What some are calling an omnibus education bill would boost teacher salaries and benefits, but could also reform education in ways the unions oppose.

The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, the West Virginia Education Association, the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School...

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...

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