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April 24, 2015

Forecaster says 2016 governor's race 'leans Republican'
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than a year ahead of West Virginia’s primary election, a political prognosticator from the University of Virginia is classifying the 2016 race for governor as “leans Republican.”

The status was “toss-up” last week before U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declined to enter the race.

Kyle Kondik, managing editor for Larry Sabato’s Crystal...

April 27, 2015

Opting in, opting out: Schools begin Smarter Balanced assessment tests
By Erin Timony, The State Journal

When Spring Valley High School junior Carri Pertee's parents submitted an opt-out form to exempt her from taking the West Virginia General Summative Assessment about a month ago, it was a quiet decision with no argument from the school.

However, word slowly spread among parents and students that opting out of the test was possible. More students began...

April 27, 2015

Testing opt out comes with consequences in Harrison County
By Aaron Payne, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – As parents across the state opt out their students from the new Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium tests, one county warns that option comes with consequences.

“Though I respect people’s decisions, I hope they respect ours,” Harrison County Superintendent Mark Manchin said. “We simply can not allow them to opt out, or decide that they don’t want...

April 27, 2015

Innerviews: Trail-blazing teacher built fruitful life on hometown values
By Sandy Wells, The Charleston Gazette

In the category of trail blazing, Jada Hunter cut a swath as wide as an interstate highway. A coal miner’s daughter reared in humble but loving circumstances, she lives in the town she was born in, a tightly-knit community near Williamson called Chattaroy. She recalls a seamless transition to school integration in a place where blacks were relegated to...

April 28, 2015

Delegate files brief to end Common Core, standardized testing
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.– House of Delegates member Mike Folk filed a lawsuit with Berkeley County Court Monday to stop Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium funding, which is a main part of the Common Core Standards in West Virginia known as “Next Generation.”

In a news release, Del. Folk (R-Berkeley) said the testing was unconstitutional and takes away money from...

April 28, 2015

Tomblin hasn't decided on possible congressional bid
The Associated Press

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet.

The Logan County Democrat told The Associated Press he has been approached about vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.
 
Tomblin said he hasn't...

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