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April-18-2019

By WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Schools in 14 West Virginia counties will receive federal funding from the Secure Rural Schools program.

The more than $1.7 million total comes after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned a U.S. Department of Agriculture official during a hearing last week about the lapse in funding.

“While it’s unacceptable the payments have lapsed this long, I am relieved the Forest Service has responded to my continued urging...

April-18-2019

By Tyler Barker, WOAY TV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K Program once again ranks among the top in the nation, according to the 2018 Yearbook released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER recognizes West Virginia as a leader in pre-K access for 4-year-olds and quality standards.

The State of Preschool Yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding...

April-16-2019

By Eddie Trizzino, Times West Virginian 

FAIRMONT – After the West Virginia legislative session wrapped up this year, many questions remained about public school funding, and more importantly, a promised teacher raise.

Gov. Jim Justice said he wanted to address “education betterment” in a special session, however, lawmakers are still in the dark as to when such a session may take place.

“We don’t even know when it’s going to be right now,” said Sen. Roman Prezioso(D-...

April-15-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says some of the education reform discussion that state lawmakers are going to do when their special session resumes should focus on middle school students.

Lee, a guest Friday on MetroNews “Talkline,” said the state is failing a lot of them.

“That’s where a lot of kids are losing interest,” Lee said.

Lee said at least two areas should be...

April-11-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members asked Wednesday about legal issues regarding rejecting orders that state lawmakers give them.

The discussion came after lawmakers repeatedly have tried to pass major curriculum changes in recent years and as they consider other substantial changes to education in the upcoming special legislative session.

“We’re concerned possibly with the encroachment of the Legislature,” said state school...

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