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WV House Ed rejects bill to nix seniority as No. 1 factor in teacher layoffs
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With seven delegates voting for and 14 against, West Virginia’s House Education Committee on Tuesday rejected a bill that would’ve removed the statewide mandate that public school teachers with the least amount of seniority automatically lose their positions when job cuts are made in a particular teaching area.

The bill (SB 401) said the least...


Paine returns to job as state School Superintendent
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — New state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine says he wants West Virginia students to learn without being over-tested.

“We over-assess students,” said Paine on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline, one week after returning to the job.

Paine, who replaced former state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano last week, said, “We need to reduce the amount...


Senate passes its tax reform bill, House leaves its own on the table and Casey expresses budget hope
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

The state Senate passed a version of tax reform today, the last day for bills to be passed out of their house of origin.

The House of Delegates still had a third-reading vote ahead on its own version of tax reform, but left the bill on the table without a vote. Today was the last day for bills to be passed out of their...


By one vote, WV Senate passes school tax increase bill
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

By a hair, the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would cut state pre-K through 12 public education funding by $79.3 million and automatically raise counties’ regular levy property tax rates to make up for the loss.

Senate Bill...


McDowell County worst on health rankings; other southern counties rank poorly
By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter

McDowell County ranks as West Virginia's least healthy county, according to the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings.  

Other southern counties ranked in the top five with the poorest health — Mingo, Wyoming, Logan and Mercer. 

Not much higher in the rankings were Fayette (No. 48), Raleigh (No. 45), Nicholas (No. 43)...