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April 25, 2017

Public comment period begins Tuesday in closure of 14 Fayette schools
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Permanent school closure hearings have a tendency to get heated from time to time–a fact that Fayette County School Superintendent Terry George recognizes.

“The emotions can run over and spill over,” George said. “Any time that you are talking about taking a school out of a community or moving students to a new community to attend...

April 25, 2017

Justice frustrated by 'taxes vs. no new taxes' budget debate
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he finds it frustrating that the debate over resolving the 2017-18 West Virginia budget has been framed in terms of taxes versus no new taxes.

“We’re so fixated on, ‘Justice wants to raise your taxes,’ and the other side wants to cut and not raise taxes,” Justice said in an interview Monday.

“The bottom line is, this...

April 25, 2017

Educators, state officials not concerned about standards redo with HB 2711
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

House Bill 2711 says the West Virginia Board of Education is “prohibited from implementing the Common Core academic standards.”

Yet few education leaders that the Gazette-Mail interviewed seem concerned that the bill would actually require the state to change its largely Common Core math and English language arts standards -- even if...

April 26, 2017

BREAKING: Gov. Justice vetoes SB 239, other key bills
​By WVEA Communications Staff

Gov. Jim Justice vetoed key pieces of legislation this evening.

Most notably, he vetoed Senate Bill 239 (payroll deductions).

Wednesday was the final day for Gov. Justice to veto or sign bills. If he didn’t veto a bill today it will become law.

For a complete rundown of key bills that passed or failed during the session, see our final...

April 27, 2017

Gov. Justice signs virtual ed bill, vetoes non-public student vocational access
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed a bill allowing public school systems to offer home-schoolers and other students full-time K-12 virtual education, and vetoed legislation that would’ve let home and private school students attend public vocational education schools without being charged more than public schoolers.

Justice signed...

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