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February-18-2015

Bill for charter schools gets OK
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

A controversial charter school bill that was subjected to more than three hours of debate on Tuesday has finally been passed through a Senate Education Committee.

Meeting five times over the last two days, including three separate occasions on Tuesday, the committee approved numerous amendments to Senate Bill 14, which establishes a pathway for the creation of charter schools in West...

February-18-2015

Senate Education Committee approves charter schools bill
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer. Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Senate Education Committee finally approved a charter schools bill Tuesday night, moving past an issue that appeared on its agenda a dozen times.

All seven Republicans present voted for accepting a version of the bill in committee, and all five Democrats voted against. The body then passed Senate Bill 14 onto the Senate Finance...

February-13-2015

Lawmakers continue to refine charter schools legislation
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

Attempts to further refine the particulars of a charter school bill, which has been discussed for more than two weeks and remains the Senate Education Committee’s top priority, continued once again on Thursday.

Lawmakers approved what committee chairman Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, called a “laundry list” of amendments that were drafted as a result of...

February-13-2015

Manchin says students need protected from ‘passing the trash’
By Chris Lawrence , WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) jointly introduced legislation Thursday in Washington aimed at protecting children from child predators in the school system.

The legislation was born out of the 1997 rape and murder of Jeremy Bell,12, of Fayette County. Bell was murdered by his teacher, Edgar Friedrichs Jr. who...

February-13-2015

State school board approves reducing standardized testing
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

The West Virginia Board of Education Thursday approved a measure eliminating statewide standardized testing in social studies and reducing examinations in science, among several major education changes.

The board also delayed, for at least this school year and next, labeling schools with its new A-F grading system, which takes standardized testing into account.

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