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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The so-called “skinny repeal” of “Obamacare” would have repealed the individual mandate requiring people to have insurance or otherwise face a penalty.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...


Vote next month on proposed changes to state's school nutrition policy
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ahead of the start of the new school year in West Virginia, members of the state Board of Education will take up a proposed repeal and replacement of the Mountain State’s existing school nutrition policy during an August meeting.

Policy 4321.1 Standards for School Nutrition has not been fully updated since 2008.

As proposed,...


State knew sanctions loomed if Title IV audit filed late
By Jake Jarvis, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public colleges will need to come up with about $245 million in the next month after the U.S. Department of Education slapped financial sanctions on the schools, said Paul Hill, chancellor of the state agency that oversees four-year colleges.

The sanctions, which affect the colleges’ access to Title IV funds, came after the state Department...


West Virginia education board approves Fayette County consolidation
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to close seven schools in the Fayette County Schools district.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted 4-1 in May for closing numerous schools and reconfiguring schools for new grade levels.

This plan included closing Meadow Bridge High School, a measure which was removed in...


Nicholas consolidation question: Do local boards have to comply with rules, or go beyond them?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If a county school board has met the standards for public involvement as it decides to consolidate local schools, should it expect to receive the stamp of approval from the state Board of Education?

Or does the state board have the right to determine that although the standards have been met as they’re stated...