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Congress set to pass wide-ranging schools bill
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following the U.S. House of Representatives’ overwhelming bipartisan vote in support, the Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill that would eliminate federal mandates regarding teacher evaluations and increase flexibility in how states hold their schools accountable.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which includes many more national education changes, is a...


State budget problems continue to grow
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Friday the state’s budget problems are going to continue to grow following another month of missing the mark on revenue collections.

The state collected $290 million in taxes in November, which was $22.9 million below estimates. Following four months of the fiscal year, the state is $114.5 million below where it thought it would be, Kiss said.


Vote on PEIA cuts postponed
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A vote to cut health insurance benefits for more than 200,000 public employees and retirees by more than $120 million next year was postponed Thursday — not by a last-minute reprieve, but by a clerical error.

Members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board were poised to proceed with approval of what PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham has called draconian cuts, but...


Delegates plan to introduce bill to change school calendar
By Pamela Pritt, The Register-Herald

The number of school days will be fewer for students, but teachers will have an extra five days of staff development if a bill proposed by Fayette County Delegate Dave Perry is passed in the upcoming legislative session.

Instructional days would be reduced to 175, including three inclement weather days, but teachers would still have 200 days of employment,...


House easily passes NCLB rewrite
By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of failed efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor.

The legislation, approved 359-64, would return to the states the decision-making power...