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PEIA urges Legislature to provide more funding as cuts are approved
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
More than 200,000 public employees and retirees in West Virginia will see “draconian” cuts to their health insurance benefits next year — unless state lawmakers decide to fully fund the program during the upcoming legislative session.

Members of the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board voted unanimously Thursday to...


Obama signs Every Student Succeeds Act, replacing NCLB
By The Associated Press/NBC 10 Philadelphia

President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Thursday, a bipartisan bill that will fix the No Child Left Behind Act to reduce over-testing and one-size-fits-all federal mandates.

"It's a Christmas miracle here, a bipartisan bill," the president said in his remarks before signing the bill into law.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly...


SBA staff concerned with Fayette consolidation plan
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Alongside endorsements of other counties’ proposed projects, state School Building Authority employees have expressed concerns with Fayette County’s controversial high school consolidation plan.

That’s according to staff comments attached to an agenda for the SBA board’s meeting Monday, when the board is expected to choose which school construction and...


Martirano cites poor facilities as WVBE calls for priority funding for Fayette
By Pamela Pritt, The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON— State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano has visited all 55 counties in West Virginia, but in none of them has seen the number of schools as badly in need of repair or replacement as those in Fayette County.

After the West Virginia Board of Education's 6-2 vote Tuesday to recommend the School Building Authority give...


Nomination deadline nears for teacher achievement awards
The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The nomination deadline is approaching for the 2015-2016 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program.

The program is the longest-running privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 4, 2016.

Each nominated teacher will be required to complete a rigorous application focusing on the teaching profession and their...