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March-10-2016

School calendar bill gives counties flexibility, committee chair says
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

 Lawmakers in the Senate have amended a House bill that creates flexibility for county school districts' start and end date and eliminates the 180-day requirement for instructional days.

The Senate passed the bill 32-2 Wednesday.

HB 4171 now says that school systems are not allowed to begin before Aug. 10 and may not continue after June 10...

March-10-2016

State BOE takes a stand against pending Common Core bill
By Sarah Plummer, Register-Herald Reporter

The State Board of Education passed a resolution Wednesday in opposition to the Common Core Bill, which, according to the resolution, “disrupts the accountability system” in West Virginia Schools.

The resolution states, House Bill 4014, “reflects the worst of the legislative process” and asks the Legislature to reject the bill. If they will not, the...

March-10-2016

No new taxes as budget tightens
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, Talkline

From the start of the session, much of the discussion by lawmakers and Governor Tomblin has been about increasing taxes and fees.

Tomblin proposed a tobacco tax increase and an elimination of the sales tax exemption (a de facto tax increase) on telephone services.  The Senate upped the ante by more than doubling Tomblin’s cigarette tax increase to $1 a pack, as well as raising...

March-09-2016

Legislature changes school calendar
By MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The legislature has approved a bill that would prevent county school systems from continuing classes well into the summer to make up days missed due to bad weather. HB 4147 allows schools to extend the length of the school day and use the banked time to reach the equivalent of the required 180-days of instruction.

The bill also prevents the school year from beginning before August 10th...

March-09-2016

Highways bill advocates asked to support PEIA option
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

House Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson pulled a highway funding bill (SB555) from his committee’s agenda Tuesday morning saying there’s not support for it.

The bill would raise taxes and fees to generate more than $200 million a year to go toward repairs of the state’s roads and bridges.

Despite Nelson’s actions, one bill supporter believes there’s still time for...

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