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By WV MetroNews Staff  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaders in education in West Virginia are starting out the week in Charleston for The Education Alliance’s annual statewide education summit dubbed “Excellence In Education: It’s Everyone’s Business.”

This is the second year the Education Alliance has held such a summit for business, education and community leaders. It will open at 9 a.m. at Embassy Suites.

“As a former teacher and as a father, I understand the importance of a...


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...