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March 6, 2015

Thousands expected at workers’ rally on Saturday

 

By Paul J. Nyden

The Charleston Gazette

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March 8, 2015

House committee removes LGBT protections from charter schools bill
By Erin Beck, WV Gazette

 The House Education Committee removed language that included specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and employees from a bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia this week.
LGBT rights advocates say the move was a blatant effort to avoid giving deserved protections to a historically discriminated against group and ensure...

March 8, 2015

Amanda Pasdon: W.Va. spends too much, is too centralized not to take another look at Common Core

The education provided to our West Virginia students has correctly received attention and action from this session of the West Virginia Legislature. Bipartisan support has been given to bills that are intended to help our students achieve success. Legislators have worked long hours and held public hearings in an attempt to learn from parents, teachers, administrators and...

March 8, 2015

Thousands protest GOP legislature at union rally

Thousands of people came to the West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston on Saturday to hear from the leaders of America’s most prominent labor unions at a rally to protest against the agenda of the new Republican majority in the Legislature

For more than two hours, the crowd listened to labor leaders denounce charter schools, “right-to-work” laws, mine safety rollbacks and the revamping of West Virginia’s...

March 8, 2015

Thousands of comments delay science standards vote
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

The West Virginia Board of Education’s expected vote this week to adopt new K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — has been delayed due to an “unusually large number of comments.”

Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said the standards received around 7,000 comments from more than 1,000...

March 9, 2015

Why WV needs Teach for America
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV Metronews

We struggle in West Virginia to fill every school classroom with an educator certified in the discipline they are teaching.  According to the West Virginia Education Association, we currently have 316 teaching positions being filled by long-term substitutes.
A significant increase in starting teacher pay—it’s currently around $34,000—would help, but it’s always going to be...

March 9, 2015

Senate committee guts House Common Core bill
By Jeff Jenkins in News |WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate Education Committee scrapped the House of Delegates’ plan Monday to repeal the controversial Common Core education standards in West Virginia’s public schools.

The committee replaced language in the House-passed bill (HB2934) with its own language that calls for keeping Common Core in place while doing up to a two-year study of the...

March 10, 2015

Senate rethinks Common Core repeal
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate Education Committee made major changes Monday to a bill that would repeal Common Core English and math standards in West Virginia. The bill no longer calls for a repeal, instead requires the West Virginia Department of Education study the standards for two years.

House Bill 2934, as approved by the House of Delegates, would have fully repealed the...

March 10, 2015

House Education chair won’t support more Common Core study
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The chairperson of the House Education Committee says she’s “extremely disappointed” with a move in the Senate Education Committee to block the immediate repeal of the Common Core education standards in West Virginia.
The version of the bill that was pending in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday would keep the Common Core standards...

March 10, 2015

Charter schools debated in House hearing
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A public hearing was held Tuesday morning at the state capitol which involved a heated discussion on the bill that would allow the creation of public charter schools.
If the bill (SB14) is passed, county school boards would be able to establish charter schools that would provide flexibility and creativity in curriculum and instruction. The state Senate approved...

March 11, 2015

Foes speak against amendment stripping protections for LGBT students in charter schools
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

Charter schools were once again the subject of a legislative hearing on Tuesday as union leaders, teachers and other community members raised concerns over a state Senate bill that was amended to remove protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

When the bill passed the Senate last week...

March 11, 2015

Senate president torn on Common Core legislation
By Chris Lawrence | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va — Senate President Bill Cole admitted on MetroNews Talkline halting the bill which would have killed the Common Core teaching standards in West Virginia was very difficult. The House approved measure fell flat when the Senate allowed two years for state school Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to work on the standards and repair the problems identified by...

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