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W. Va. Board of Education Approves Security Guards for 12 Schools

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia school board has approved placing security guards at 12 schools. News outlets report the Cabell County Board of Education approved placing security guards at several schools that don’t have man-trap entry Tuesday. A handful of buildings do not have double-doored man-trap main entrances, which are reinforced and remotely… Read More

W.Va. Unions OK Possible Work Action Against Education Bill

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FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) — Union leaders say West Virginia teachers and other public employees have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a statewide work action if needed against complex education legislation making its way through the Legislature. Leaders of the West Virginia Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers’ West Virginia chapter and the West Virginia School… Read More

School Groups Poised to Oppose West Virginia Reform Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Three groups critical of an education reform bill moving through the West Virginia Senate say they’re ready to take statewide action. The West Virginia Education Association, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association and American Federation of Teachers say they’ll take action if it’s merited. The groups are opposed to the bill,… Read More

School Choice Advocates Look To Lawmakers For Facility Funding Boost

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Charter school advocates are calling on lawmakers to bump up their funding for facilities. They say the money now going to charters falls well below what they need. But critics say more changes should be made before a funding increase. Supporters of charter schools argue that parents and students should have the ability to make their… Read More

W.Va. Senate Committee OKs Education Bill Jeered by Teachers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia senators have advanced education legislation viewed by teachers as retaliation for last year’s nine-day statewide strike. The Republican-led Senate voted 18-16 as a committee Thursday to advance the comprehensive bill to the full Senate, where it later underwent a first reading. Republicans Bill Hamilton and Kenny Mann joined Democrats… Read More

Union: W.Va. Teachers’ Protest Among Options in Bill Debate

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Senate has bypassed a key committee in advancing major education legislation as a union official declined to rule out mobilizing teachers in protest for the second time in a year. The Republican-led Senate approved a rare motion by voice vote Monday to skip the finance committee and instead let… Read More

Democrats in West Virginia Critical of GOP Education Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in West Virginia are criticizing a Republican-backed draft bill aimed at revamping the state’s education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. In a statement Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Belinda Biafore said out-of-state lobbyists… Read More

W.Va. Lawmakers Forward Bill Despite Teachers’ Concerns

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia Senate committee has forwarded a draft bill to revamp the state’s education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. Two committee members were absent. At the end of the five-hour hearing, some Democrats said… Read More