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October-20-2015

Tax reform committee urged to raise tobacco taxes
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the state legislature’s Select Committee on Tax Reform heard several calls during a public hearing Tuesday to raise the state’s tobacco tax.

“A tax hike on cigarette taxes and other tobacco products is a no brainer,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee told the committee. “It would provide a much needed revenue boost when we are...

October-20-2015

W.Va. high school graduation rates continue to improve
By Carrie Hodousek, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia leads the nation on improving high school graduation rates, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

The data shows West Virginia saw the fourth-greatest increase in graduation rates from 81.4 percent in 2012-2013 to 84.5 percent in 2013-2014.

There was also a dramatic increase in rates of...

October-20-2015

Delegate’s Common Core lawsuit dismissed by Supreme Court
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied one lawmaker’s attempt to end the state Department of Education’s use of Common Core and its standardized testing for students.

Last week, the court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, who alleged the state Board of Education is violating state law and the U.S....

October-20-2015

Officials say eliminating personal property tax would devastate education
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charlston Gazette Mail

Education officials told lawmakers Monday that eliminating personal property taxes would cause a huge statewide revenue reduction for county school systems, though one legislator questioned why he was hearing a presentation on a proposal he said hasn’t been made.

Amy Willard, executive director of the West Virginia Department...

October-19-2015

Small counties react to the 1 percent school budget cuts
By Tina Alvey,(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

Editor's Note: Here are two news articles about how some smaller county school districts are reacting to the 1 percent county school budget cuts that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Oct. 5:

Facing budget cuts, Greenbrier schools standing pat for now

While it appears some county school boards around the state...

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