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By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette

The Public Employees Insurance Agency needs to cut health-care benefits by $40 million next year — and will let insurees vote on what benefits to cut.

“We’re going to ask our constituents how they want these $40 million of benefit cuts distributed,” PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham said Thursday.

PEIA Finance Board members on Thursday approved a menu of possible cuts to take out to public hearings statewide next month,...


By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews 

The president of the West Virginia Education Association says he’s encouraged by how the Mountain State’s students did on the SAT this year.

“We’re doing some really great things in public education in West Virginia,” Dale Lee said of the results on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Overall, numbers from The College Board showed West Virginia’s students improved in core subject areas of reading, writing and math on the SAT (Scholastic...


By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

The more that students in West Virginia are disciplined in school, the more likely they are to do poorly in academics, a new report shows.

“A growing body of research provides evidence of a link between school discipline practices — especially the use of suspensions — with lower academic achievement,” Andy Whisman, assistant director of research and evaluation for the West Virginia Department of Education, told state school...


By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

A seat on the West Virginia Board of Education opened up Thursday – and a second seat remains unfilled nearly two years after it opened.

Robert Dunlevy, of Ohio County, attended his last state school board meeting as a member on Thursday. His nine-year term will officially expire Nov. 4.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin -- who appoints members of the state school board -- still not filled the seat of Priscilla Haden, who resigned...


By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – New state Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano laid out a six-step plan Wednesday on how he intends to move forward over the next few months. It was Martirano’s first meeting since he began the job in mid-September.

Martirano introduced his plan called “One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Together.” It contains what he called ‘six guiding actions’ that will make the foundation for students pre-K...