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December-03-2019

By Samantha Cart

Over the past two years, charter schools have been among a handful of hot-button topics in the heated discussion on how to reform education in West Virginia. While both sides of the aisle agree a quality education system is vital to a thriving economy, there is much debate on what changes need to be made to get there. In June, Governor Jim Justice signed House Bill 206, an omnibus education bill allowing charter schools to open in West...

November-27-2019

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

BELLE, W.Va. — Lessons in generosity don’t just come during the Thanksgiving holiday at Riverside High School in Kanawha County.

Next to Riverside’s cafeteria in a small room that used to serve as storage space for sports equipment, five students work each school day alongside Jessica Workman, a Riverside teacher, to stock the Warrior Food Pantry that’s open to...

November-20-2019

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

PEIA reserve funds are projected to reach 25.6 percent of overall annual expenses by June 30, 2020, well above the 14 percent recommended reserve the agency attempts to maintain, creating an estimated $26.5 million surplus that PEIA will be able to put toward the 2020-21 plan year, executive director Ted Cheatham told the Joint Committee on Government and Finance Tuesday.

“We do have every intention to spend down both the state [employee...

November-18-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s three unions for educators are lining up to challenge charter schools in court.

So far, the West Virginia Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers-WV and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association have been acting individually in filing 30-days notice of their intent to sue the state.

But over time their legal challenges may be consolidated into one case in...

November-14-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education will consider putting a 47-page policy dealing with public charter schools out for public comment when its meets Thursday in Charleston.

The proposed policy, which has been worked on during the past several months, supplements the language state lawmakers approved on the charter school issue in the education reform bill passed earlier this year and signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice...

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