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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...

April-10-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. — Speaking in Greenbrier County Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice said he believes all parties can agree to have a few pilot charter schools as part of an anticipated education reform package.

“I think the Dems, I think the unions, I think all will go with us to two or three pilot charter schools. I don’t think that’s going to be a deal breaker,” Justice said.

The governor, who was in Ronceverte to hand out a sewer...

April-09-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A final report from the eight Department of Education-sponsored education reform public forums won’t be ready in time for Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting.

State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said they will talk about the forums but the final report is going to take a few weeks to put together. The mediation firm the department hired is working with Marshall University to put all of the...

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