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April-13-2015

Amended science standards called ‘progress’
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer   
  
Some groups that denounced now-rejected changes to West Virginia’s upcoming K-12 science standards regarding global warming are disappointed in new modifications but view them as less harmful than the previous version.

“It still represents progress, as far as we’re concerned,” said Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that...

April-10-2015

State board correct to uphold 180-day standard for schools
Herald Dispatch editorial

Last month, members of the West Virginia Board of Education sent out the signal that it would consider letting county school systems off the hook for meeting the state's requirement of conducting classes 180 days during the school year.

That signal - made by the board's approval on March 11 of a process for counties to request a waiver from the requirement - was the wrong...

April-10-2015

What matters most: Quantity or quality
Exponent- Telegram Editorial

It appears that Gov. Tomblin and the state Board of Education are intent on seeing that state schoolchildren complete 180 days of school come hell or high water — or, as the case may be, Winter Storm Thor.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness, meaning those districts will have to extend the...

April-10-2015

W. Va. Board of Education OKs science standards with edit of temperature ‘change,’ instead of ‘rise’
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer   
  
The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday adopted new K-12 science education standards, but not without adding changes suggested by board member Wade Linger to the teaching of global warming.

The amendments came despite significant local and national criticism of Linger’s previous suggested changes to the...

April-09-2015

The West Virginia Board of Education doesn’t get much attention, but its members are some of the most influential people in state government.
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WRITTEN BY ZACK HAROLD FOR THE WV FOCUS

The West Virginia Board of Education drew national criticism in December after members voted to adopt new science education standards that intentionally cast doubt on human-influenced global climate change. The Charleston Gazette¬ broke...

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