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November-16-2015

Legislature doing side-by-side comparison of new academic standards
By Jeff Jenkins | MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate President Bill Cole says the state Board of Education has sent a “great signal” that it’s willing to work with the legislature on finding the best academic standards FOR reading, language arts and math for the state’s public school students.

The state board is proposing repealing and replacing the Next Generation/Common Core...

November-16-2015

Lawmakers Skeptical of Superintendent's Common Core Repeal
By ASHTON MARRA • WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING
 
House Speaker Tim Armstead said he was surprised to hear West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano had proposed repealing the state's Common Core-based education standards, but is skeptical of the new set of standards backed by the schools chief.

Martirano proposed a repeal during a West Virginia Board of Education meeting Friday...

November-16-2015

Martirano, state board recommend repeal of Next Gen/Common Core
By Jeff Jenkins | Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted Friday to put out for a 30-day public comment period new academic standards that would replace the controversial West Virginia Next Generation Standards tied to Common Core along with recommending significant changes in standardized testing.

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael...

November-15-2015

Statehouse Beat: Level of anger at PEIA hearing new
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

 I’ve covered many Public Employees Insurance Agency public hearings over the years, but I’ve never seen this level of anger and frustration among teachers, public employees and retirees over the proposed $120 million of benefits cuts — which doesn’t bode well for the Legislature.

Many of the speakers at the Charleston hearing, particularly those representing teachers’...

November-13-2015

Public employees rally against PEIA cuts in Beckley
By Lindsay Oliver, WVVA Multimedia Journalist

BECKLEY (WVVA) - Hundreds of public employees flooded Beckley Thursday night to fight against an increase in health care insurance costs.

Representatives from West Virginia's Public Employees Insurance Agency, or PEIA, held a public hearing to discuss cuts to the program.

PEIA is a non-profit state agency that told the crowd that they have no choice...

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