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Yearbook says West Virginia’s Pre-K program ranks highly
By Matt Maccaro in News | May 13, 2015 at 7:47PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Preschool Program ranks favorably nationwide according to The State of Preschool 2014 Yearbook released by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

State Chief Academic Officer Clayton Burch said the rankings show West Virginia’s early education program in a very favorable way.

“We’re fifth in the...


State school board places year-round coaching policy on comment|
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to put out for 30-day public comment period policy changes that would allow year-round coaching by certified middle and high school coaches.

Current policy allows for only three weeks of out-of-season sports practice or related activities. Martinsburg High School Principal Trent Sherman, who proposed...


W.Va. tuition rising as state cuts funding
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

While 37 states increased per-student higher education funding for this academic year, West Virginia was one of the 13 that cut it, and one of only five that cut it by more than $100 per student, according to a report being released today.

The report by the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities — which aims to reduce poverty and inequality and is funded by...


Jim Justice running for governor
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette

West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice announced today he’s running for governor as a Democrat.

Justice, who owns The Greenbrier, serves as president and CEO of about 50 companies, but he’s never held a political office – or even run for election. Forbes magazine estimates Justice’s net worth at $1.6 billion.

He announced his bid for governor this afternoon during a...


Statehouse Beat: What's behind tax reform push?
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Despite its mandate to “aggressively cut taxes” in order to spur economic growth, the first significant meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation seemed more like a solution in search of a problem.

Citing U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow noted that West Virginia’s corporate taxes as a...