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July-01-2015

Prevailing wage repeal may have to be revisited, says original sponsor
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A “true wage” is what he’s after, but state Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley, 15) said he doubts that’s what’s going to come out of the ongoing prevailing wage calculations from WorkForce West Virginia authorized in a new state law.

Data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, must be factored in, Blair...

June-30-2015

Standardized test results expected to come back early
By Matthew Baumgarten, WDTV.com

Despite the confusion and at times, frustration, for students, teachers, and parents with this past year's standardized testing, the state says test results will be available much earlier than expected.

According to state superintendent Michael Martirano, local school boards should get their test results in August.

Previously, boards had to wait until as late as...

June-26-2015

Hoppy Kercheval: State superintendent sticks to 180 days
WV MetroNews

The public school year in some West Virginia counties ended with a kind of educational malaise; poor student attendance, many teachers out, no real instruction, grumbling by parents that their kids had to attend school well into June and a general waste of time.

The worst problems were in counties that missed a lot of days because of winter weather.  Their school year was extended to...

June-25-2015

Tomblin to discuss juvenile justice reform in Huntington
By Huntington Herald-Dispatch Staff

HUNTINGTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is outlining a new push to overhaul West Virginia's juvenile justice system.

Tomblin will be in Huntington on Thursday afternoon discussing reforms that passed last legislative session. The event will be at the St. Mary's Center for Education.

With the law, truancy diversion specialists will be in every county and youth...

June-24-2015

Common Core, testing, 2016 election to be spotlighted at NEA convention
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

ORLANDO, Fla. — The pressing issues of public education will be at the forefront of discussion at the National Education Association’s 153rd meeting starting later this week in Orlando.

Some of West Virginia’s problems in education are likely to be discussed since they are problems shared by other states.  At the forefront of the discussion will be the...

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