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March 1, 2015

House votes to repeal Common Core standards
By Jeff Jenkins in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite outcries from the education officials, the state House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Common Core education standards Saturday night.
The bill garnered strong bipartisan support, passing 74-19 after an hour-long debate. The vote came one day after state Board of Education members held an emergency meeting urging delegates against...

March 2, 2015

House votes to repeal Common Core
By David Gutman, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

A day after the state Board of Education announced its unanimous opposition to repealing the state’s Common Core-based education standards, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to repeal those standards.

Strictly speaking, West Virginia does not have Common Core standards, but the state’s Next Generation math and English standards are based on the...

March 2, 2015

Common Core talks continue in Legislature
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter

While education officials in Charleston solidify their opposition to legislation that would repeal Common Core, one state school board member said he agrees with many concerns outlined in the bill and hopes the Department of Education will work with lawmakers on finding a middle ground.

Tom Campbell told the Daily Mail on Friday that a wholesale repeal of the controversial...

March 3, 2015

Common Core heads to subcommittee for further discussion
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

A bill that would make using the Common Core education standards illegal in West Virginia was assigned to a Senate subcommittee on Monday for further review, a move one senator said could stay the piece of legislation for at least three days.

After moving through the House in less than a week, the bill now awaits approval from the Senate...

March 3, 2015

Bill to allow charter schools passes Senate
By Joel Ebert, Capitol Bureau

 After several days worth of delays, the state Senate has passed legislation that would permit the formation of a charter schools system in West Virginia on Monday.

Following more than an hour and half worth of discussion, the measure passed with an 18-16 vote, which once again fell along party lines. As several Democrats attempted to poke holes in the legislation, which has gone...

March 3, 2015

Repeal bill baffles Common Core backers
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed a bill Saturday to repeal Common Core standards in West Virginia, but the state schools superintendent says he doesn’t know what specific standards legislators have problems with.

“I do not have in my possession any one particular standard that is a concern,” Superintendent Michael Martirano said Monday morning after addressing members of...

March 3, 2015

Gregory S. Prudich: W.Va. schools were ambushed by Legislature
Legislation by ambush; that’s what we just witnessed. The education community in West Virginia was going about our important work and bam — waylaid by the Legislature.

I am speaking of the bill to repeal the Next Generation standards, West Virginia’s version of the Common Core standards in math and English/language arts. (House Bill 2934). It had not been part of the legislative program until Feb. 24...

March 4, 2015

Charter Schools not a priority in Berkeley County
Nate Stewart

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va.- The West Virginia senate passed the Charter Schools Act of 2015 on Monday by a vote of 18 to 16. The bill would allow the creation of two charter schools per year, and no more than 10 schools in the first five years.

"As I look at the charter school legislation, it's one that is of interest, but one that is not a priority to me in Berkeley County," said Manny Arvon,...

March 4, 2015

Common Core repeal bill amended to allow time for replacing standards
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

The Common Core repeal bill up for debate in the state Senate has been amended to give the West Virginia Department of Education an additional year to carry out its mandates.

In a 2-1 vote, the subcommittee the bill was referred to on Monday agreed to give the department until July 2016 to develop and implement replacement...

March 4, 2015

Dale Lee: Common core a state initiative to compete globally

Why is it that most legislators oppose the Common Core? If asked to name a standard they disagree with, they cannot tell you any specific standard. They talk about things they have read on the Internet and they talk about the intrusion of the federal government into our schools.

Most people have formed their view on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based on something they have heard on...

March 5, 2015

BOE asks state to reconsider Common Core repeal
By LACIE PIERSON, Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Board of Education approved a measure to "stay the course" regarding Common Core standards after the West Virginia House of Delegates voted last weekend to repeal the standards.

The board approved the measure in a 5-0 vote during its regular meeting Tuesday evening at the Cabell County Schools central office.

Superintendent Bill Smith...

March 5, 2015

W.Va. lawmakers nix school funding cuts to 'growth' counties
by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers have rejected Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to cut funding to "growth" county school districts, but concern remains on whether the changes ultimately will be undone.

House Bill 2478, which was reported out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, originally proposed cuts of about $2.5 million in funding allocated to county...

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