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March-05-2015

W.Va. lawmakers nix school funding cuts to 'growth' counties
by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers have rejected Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to cut funding to "growth" county school districts, but concern remains on whether the changes ultimately will be undone.

House Bill 2478, which was reported out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, originally proposed cuts of about $2.5 million in funding allocated to county...

March-05-2015

BOE asks state to reconsider Common Core repeal
By LACIE PIERSON, Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Board of Education approved a measure to "stay the course" regarding Common Core standards after the West Virginia House of Delegates voted last weekend to repeal the standards.

The board approved the measure in a 5-0 vote during its regular meeting Tuesday evening at the Cabell County Schools central office.

Superintendent Bill Smith...

March-04-2015

Dale Lee: Common core a state initiative to compete globally

Why is it that most legislators oppose the Common Core? If asked to name a standard they disagree with, they cannot tell you any specific standard. They talk about things they have read on the Internet and they talk about the intrusion of the federal government into our schools.

Most people have formed their view on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based on something they have heard on...

March-04-2015

Common Core repeal bill amended to allow time for replacing standards
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

The Common Core repeal bill up for debate in the state Senate has been amended to give the West Virginia Department of Education an additional year to carry out its mandates.

In a 2-1 vote, the subcommittee the bill was referred to on Monday agreed to give the department until July 2016 to develop and implement replacement...

March-04-2015

Charter Schools not a priority in Berkeley County
Nate Stewart

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va.- The West Virginia senate passed the Charter Schools Act of 2015 on Monday by a vote of 18 to 16. The bill would allow the creation of two charter schools per year, and no more than 10 schools in the first five years.

"As I look at the charter school legislation, it's one that is of interest, but one that is not a priority to me in Berkeley County," said Manny Arvon,...

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