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W.Va. continues to rank high in poverty
By Joel Ebert, Federal Courts Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s 17 percent poverty rate in 2014 was the highest it has been in the last decade, with the exception of 2011, when 17.2 percent of county residents were living in poverty, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. The finding is one of many that provide details about how West Virginia fared last year in terms of...


Kanawha school board approves LGBT protections
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Kanawha County school board voted unanimously Thursday to add specific protections regarding sexual orientation to its cultural diversity and human relations policy.

The policy change, which didn’t receive any written comments after it was placed on 30-day public comment period last month, is generally aimed at protecting school employees from...


Parent Calls For Action on Schools Without A/C
Written by Renata Di Gregorio, WDTV

It's been over 80 degrees this week, and that's not in a classroom. Beverly Elementary is one of five schools in Randolph County without air conditioning. Now a concerned parent is saying the community and officials need to join together to make sure the classroom isn't a hot environment, only a learning one.
The school building was built and then added on to during...


Boone County school consolidations loom, superintendent says
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Because of millions in lost property tax revenue and declining enrollment, Boone County officials are considering consolidating several of the county’s smaller schools.

Amid rumors that schools soon will be closed, Superintendent John Hudson told concerned parents and schools officials attending a Boone County Board of Education...


Community leaders: Tax reform should work for all West Virginians
By Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter, The State Journal

While legislators debated tax structure on one end of the Capitol, education, faith and community groups met on the opposite side to talk about what to expect.

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, said it’s important to remember that the state can’t increase taxes on low and middle income families.