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March-11-2015

Senate president torn on Common Core legislation
By Chris Lawrence | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va — Senate President Bill Cole admitted on MetroNews Talkline halting the bill which would have killed the Common Core teaching standards in West Virginia was very difficult. The House approved measure fell flat when the Senate allowed two years for state school Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to work on the standards and repair the problems identified by...

March-11-2015

Foes speak against amendment stripping protections for LGBT students in charter schools
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

Charter schools were once again the subject of a legislative hearing on Tuesday as union leaders, teachers and other community members raised concerns over a state Senate bill that was amended to remove protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

When the bill passed the Senate last week...

March-10-2015

Charter schools debated in House hearing
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A public hearing was held Tuesday morning at the state capitol which involved a heated discussion on the bill that would allow the creation of public charter schools.
If the bill (SB14) is passed, county school boards would be able to establish charter schools that would provide flexibility and creativity in curriculum and instruction. The state Senate approved...

March-10-2015

House Education chair won’t support more Common Core study
By Shauna Johnson in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The chairperson of the House Education Committee says she’s “extremely disappointed” with a move in the Senate Education Committee to block the immediate repeal of the Common Core education standards in West Virginia.
The version of the bill that was pending in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday would keep the Common Core standards...

March-10-2015

Senate rethinks Common Core repeal
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate Education Committee made major changes Monday to a bill that would repeal Common Core English and math standards in West Virginia. The bill no longer calls for a repeal, instead requires the West Virginia Department of Education study the standards for two years.

House Bill 2934, as approved by the House of Delegates, would have fully repealed the...

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