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September 1, 2015

Wise defends Common Core; says invest in teachers, education
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first in a series of town hall meetings on West Virginia’s Next Generation education standards, commonly referred to as Common Core, is scheduled for Tuesday in Morgantown.

Representatives with the state Board of Education are traveling the state to gather public comments as part of a larger review of the benchmarks, first adopted by the...

September 3, 2015

Conservative economist pushes lower taxes for wealthy at The Greenbrier
By David Gutman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Conservative economist Arthur Laffer, during a speech to members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, urged the state to cut its top individual income tax rates as soon as possible, saying it is the best thing a state can do to stimulate growth.

Laffer...

September 3, 2015

Wayne County schools' internet site hacked
By WV MetroNews Staff

The Wayne County Board of Education website was hacked Wednesday by someone claiming to be part of the Islamic State, state police said.

The main page of the site was hacked over by a group calling themselves “Elite” Islamic State Hackers, saying they were hacking in the name of “Allah.” The attack is believed to have come from overseas.

“When internet users visit the Board of...

September 4, 2015

State Bar panel told lawyers should not be required in hearings
By Kate White, Courts Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

An overwhelming majority of speakers Thursday sent a clear message to the West Virginia State Bar’s Unlawful Practice of Law Committee that non-lawyers should continue to appear as advocates in state administrative proceedings.

Both lawyers and union representatives spoke during a hearing before the committee...

September 4, 2015

State revenues down $12 million after 2 months of fiscal year
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The struggling coal industry is rearing its head in state revenue collections with coal severance revenue already down $20 million from estimates after just two months of the fiscal year.

The state Department of Revenue released the latest numbers Thursday. The state collected $299 million in taxes in August, which was $7.5 million below estimates...

September 4, 2015

Department of Education Continues Academic Standards Meetings
By Clark Davis, WV Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Department of Education is set to hold a meeting tonight at Marshall about academic standards in the state.

It’s the latest in a series of town hall-style meetings being held around the state. They’ll examine the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’...

September 4, 2015

Republicans still eying Common Core repeal
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

HUNTINGTON — Republicans in the House of Delegates will continue efforts to repeal Common Core in West Virginia regardless of any action taken by the state Department of Education during a comprehensive review of its controversial English and math standards.

Following a Thursday town hall meeting in Huntington set up to inform the public on the...

September 8, 2015

State Board of Education to hear comments in Fayetteville tonight
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

Fayette County residents have one opportunity Tuesday to share their thoughts with the West Virginia Board of Education concerning Superintendent Terry George’s plan for the school district.
 
Following a Fayette County Board of Education meeting at 5 p.m. the state board will convene at 6 p.m. at Fayetteville High School to hear public comment on...

September 8, 2015

Education a popular topic at Chamber meeting
By Brandon Roberts, The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Increasing educational achievement is critical to West Virginia's future, said many of the speakers at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Annual Meeting and Business Summit at The Greenbrier Resort.

But the state's leaders expressed a range of opinions about what needs to be done to improve student participation and...

September 8, 2015

‘Chamber’s agenda’ goal of legislative leaders
By David Gutman, Political Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature will push a new intermediate court of appeals, public charter schools, a forced pooling bill for natural gas development, a flatter personal income tax and a “right to work” law during the 2016 Legislative session.

Republican leaders of the House and the Senate gave a...

September 8, 2015

Washington State Supreme Court: Charter schools are unconstitutional
After nearly a year of deliberation, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday afternoon that charter schools are not constitutional.
By John Higgins, Seattle Times education reporter

After nearly a year of deliberation, the state Supreme Court ruled 6-3 late Friday afternoon that charter schools are unconstitutional, creating chaos for hundreds of families whose children have...

September 9, 2015

State Board of Education hears comments on large consolidated Fayette school
By Sarah Plummer, Register-Herald Reporter

FAYETTEVILLE — After hearing from 42 Fayette County residents during a public comment period, State Board of Education President Michael Green said the board has a "serious decision and serious consideration" ahead of them today as they vote on future of Fayette County Schools.

The board will reconvene in Charleston at 10 a.m. today to...

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