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SBA denies funding for Fayette consolidations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state School Building Authority’s board chose Monday to deny funding for Fayette County’s controversial consolidation plan.

Of the 11 board members, only State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano and Tina Combs, who’s also a state school board member, were heard voting against removing Fayette’s proposal from consideration. Peter Markham, the SBA board’s...


SBA to vote today on needs projects, including Fayette's
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

The School Building Authority will vote Monday on whether or not to provide priority funding to Fayette County and adopt their school consolidation plan as laid out in the Fayette County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP).

The plan calls for the SBA to provide 39 million dollars to Fayette County over a three-year period with Fayette County providing...


W.Va. lawmakers pushing for more math, ELA standards changes
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State legislative leaders aren’t fully satisfied with the proposed changes to West Virginia’s K-12 math and English language arts standards, and are meeting Monday with the state Board of Education’s president to suggest additional alterations.

Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia and chairwoman of the House Education Committee, wrote in text messages to a...


Legislative leaders quick to criticize PEIA benefit reduction
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06), is among those moving quickly to criticize the $120 million in benefit reductions members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board approved this week for state workers and retirees.

With the Thursday vote, Cole, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, said in a statement the board “voted unanimously to...


Letter: Vote 'Yes' for the Jefferson school levy
By Eleanor Finn, Shepardstown Chronicle

As a former high school social studies teacher I can attest to the fact that schools and students benefit from having adequate resources.

The school system in Jefferson County has already had to deal with an unexpected mid-year state budget cut and further cuts would have a seriously negative impact.

West Virginia suffers from an undereducated population. If we...