Making Education a Priority in W.Va.

Nevada education budget meeting
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Nearly 60 percent of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin's spending recommendations for the next fiscal year are set to go towards education. In Wednesday night's state of the state address, he spoke about ways to better the state's schools.

When it comes to public schools, Governor Manchin is working to reform the calendar so that students attend school 180 days a year.

As far as higher education goes, he has asked colleges, universities and technical schools to freeze tuition rates for the coming school year. This is something local university officials say doesn't come as a surprise.

"We're going to have to take a look at vacant positions, ways that we can work smarter. The bottom line will be, how do we cut our budget and yet continue to provide the quality education and instruction that our students expect and deserve," Connie Dziagwa, executive director of WVU Parkersburg's Institutional Advancement, said.

Governor Manchin has recommended 11 percent of the state's budget go towards higher education, and 48 percent be used for public education.

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