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April-25-2019

House minority leader says special session could be a success — or a mess

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The minority leader of the House of Delegates isn’t yet sure whether a special session focusing on changes to West Virginia’s education system will be a snap or a slog.

“I’ll be honest. I don’t know what to make of things,” Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said in a telephone interview....

April-24-2019

By WV MetroNews

RIPLEY, W.Va. — Dozens of people took part in a forum Tuesday at Ripley High School regarding possible education policy efforts for this year’s related special legislative session.

The event featured four group discussions on possible legislative approaches, similar to how the state Department of Education organized its forums held across the state in March and April.

Teachers, administrators and lawmakers took part in the event, which...

April-23-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Education has streamlined its school safety notebook.

The notebook has been replaced with an online reporting toolkit, Department of Education Coordinator of the Division of Leader System Support Stephanie Hayes recently told members of the state Board of Education.

“There are different...

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...

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