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April-19-2019

Census shows some growth in WV, but state's population is shrinking
By Travis Crum The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — While there is growth in counties that border another state, most of West Virginia is shrinking.

According to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, 50 of West Virginia’s 55 counties lost population between 2017 and 2018.

Among them are Kanawha and Cabell counties, which rank among those...

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...

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