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January-14-2016

Cole won't say if he'll abide by WV Supreme Court decision
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole on Wednesday refused to say if he would abide by the ruling of the state Supreme Court, if the court rules that a Democrat should fill the vacant seat in the Senate created by the resignation of Democrat-turned-Republican Daniel Hall.

Asked repeatedly if he would abide by the court’s decision, the state’s highest...

January-14-2016

Right to Work protests precede State of the State
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was preparing to deliver his final State of the State address Wednesday night, a large crowd of union members jammed into the rotunda to protest Right to Work.

Republican legislators wasted no time introducing a bill Wednesday on the first day of the 2016 Session to make West Virginia a Right to Work state.

Legislators had to...

January-14-2016

Cole, Kessler see State of the State differently
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate President Bill Cole says the Senate will keep up the pace it set in last year’s legislative session when Republicans took over the body for the first time in more than 80 years.

“We got to work (today),” Cole said after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State Address Wednesday night. “We didn’t waste a day.”

Issues like right to work...

January-14-2016

State school board discusses Gilmer County in closed sessio
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education spent about an hour in closed session Wednesday discussing issues regarding Gilmer County, which is, alongside Fayette County, one of the two school systems under state control.

State school board President Mike Green, Vice President Lloyd Jackson and Susan O’Brien, executive director of the Office of Education...

January-13-2016

Testing commission favors ACT, but state not releasing final recommendations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The day before West Virginia lawmakers planned to start the 2016 session with anti-Common Core bills on their minds, the state schools superintendent’s Commission on Assessment again appeared ready to recommend replacing the current Smarter Balanced standardized tests with ones purchased from ACT.

But the state Department of Education,...

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