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- By Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Sen. Joe Manchin said he took the plight of West Virginia’s 10,000 homeless students to the country’s top education official this week, asking for federal attention on the state’s issue.
Manchin, D-W.Va., called the number of homeless students, nearly 1 in every 25, “absolutely unacceptable.”
He said he spoke with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sept. 17 for 30 minutes via phone in...
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail
With the help of a $105 million cash infusion from the West Virginia Legislature, the PEIA Finance Board on Thursday approved preliminary 2020-21 benefit plans with no premium increases or benefits cuts for active employees and retirees.
“We’re proposing to go out [to public hearings] without any rate increases at all,” PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told the board.
For employees of cities, counties and governmental agencies...
By Steven Greenhouse, NY Times
Successful strikes beget more strikes. When nearly 50,000 General Motors workers walked out at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, it was just the latest in the largest burst of strikes in decades. Last year’s victorious teachers’ strike in West Virginia was the initial spark, helping inspire statewide walkouts in Oklahoma and Arizona...
- By Jim Ross For Daily Mail WV
The question of whether West Virginia should join the majority of states in allowing charter schools consumed much of the Legislature’s time in its regular and special sessions this year. After long debate, the Legislature allowed public charter schools on a limited basis.
That could have settled the question, but the debate continues now that it has moved from the Legislature to the state Board of Education and to...