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State officials reconsider allowing homemade food at school parties
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education now is proposing allowing homemade food to be brought into public schools to be shared for “special events,” a reversal of its previous proposal to keep banning sharing such foods, and it’s seemingly going further by proposing allowing homemade food and non-nutritional food to be provided as snacks.



Amid RESA leader departures, school officials discuss new options
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

ROANOKE — As the state’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies approach their legally ordained demise next summer, county school board members, public school system superintendents, executive directors of the regional agencies and others heard information Saturday on how county school systems can continue to share school-related services.



WVEA Communications Staff

WVEA Statement on Justice Party Switch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WVEA was surprised by the recent announcement of the switch to the Republican party by Governor Jim Justice. Governor Justice was endorsed by WVEA-PAC in the primary and general election.

“Our support of Governor Justice during the election process was not based upon party affiliation but his response to a series of...


New accountability system, assessments key parts of ESSA proposal  
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A public comment period lasting 30 days begins Tuesday for West Virginia’s proposed state education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a proposal that’s been the focus of a series of statewide meetings this summer.

In general, it covers four areas in public education: academic standards, statewide assessments, school...


ACA 'skinny repeal' fails narrowly; Manchin voted against, Capito for
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

The U.S. Senate rejected early Friday morning legislation repealing parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The so-called “skinny repeal” of “Obamacare” would have repealed the individual mandate requiring people to have insurance or otherwise face a penalty. It would have also suspended a similar requirement on large employers for eight...