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Alternative teacher certification law to take effect in June
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV Metronews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The chair of the House Education Committee has a goal of possibly filling 100 teaching vacancies in West Virginia through the alternative teacher certification methods that will soon be permitted under state law.

House Education Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51)

Delegate Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51) said student success...


Unions say certification bill doesn’t answer issue of competitive pay for teachers
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter  
While Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s signing of the alternative teacher certification bill last week has been lauded for providing a way to fill classroom vacancies, union representatives say it doesn’t address the real issue of teachers leaving West Virginia for higher-paying jobs in neighboring states.

“Until we start addressing...


W.Va.'s state tax rates ranked among the lowest
The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.

With tax day looming, it's easy to get bogged down in how much we owe the state and federal government, and groan.

But the truth is West Virginians don't have it so bad tax-wise, according to a study by The Tax Foundation, a Washington D.C., based think-tank. It does, however, suffer from low population to bear the tax burden and from nearly the lowest per capita income in...


New truancy law aims to curb youth offenders 
By Whitney Burdette, Capitol reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia spends an astonishing amount of money each year on children in the juvenile justice system.

And as the number of children referred to state institutions, group homes and to out-of-state facilities increases, that number just continues to rise. The state Legislature this year took action and passed several bills aimed at decreasing the...


Citing larger problems, Tomblin vetoes funds for Schools for Deaf and Blind
 By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill last week — passed nearly unanimously by both houses of the Legislature — that would have made the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind eligible for more money to fix extensive issues with its facilities.

The governor’s veto of House Bill 2160 follows his line-item veto of $1.5...