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April-28-2015

Delegate files brief to end Common Core, standardized testing
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.– House of Delegates member Mike Folk filed a lawsuit with Berkeley County Court Monday to stop Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium funding, which is a main part of the Common Core Standards in West Virginia known as “Next Generation.”

In a news release, Del. Folk (R-Berkeley) said the testing was unconstitutional and takes away money from...

April-27-2015

Innerviews: Trail-blazing teacher built fruitful life on hometown values
By Sandy Wells, The Charleston Gazette

In the category of trail blazing, Jada Hunter cut a swath as wide as an interstate highway. A coal miner’s daughter reared in humble but loving circumstances, she lives in the town she was born in, a tightly-knit community near Williamson called Chattaroy. She recalls a seamless transition to school integration in a place where blacks were relegated to...

April-27-2015

Testing opt out comes with consequences in Harrison County
By Aaron Payne, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – As parents across the state opt out their students from the new Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium tests, one county warns that option comes with consequences.

“Though I respect people’s decisions, I hope they respect ours,” Harrison County Superintendent Mark Manchin said. “We simply can not allow them to opt out, or decide that they don’t want...

April-27-2015

Opting in, opting out: Schools begin Smarter Balanced assessment tests
By Erin Timony, The State Journal

When Spring Valley High School junior Carri Pertee's parents submitted an opt-out form to exempt her from taking the West Virginia General Summative Assessment about a month ago, it was a quiet decision with no argument from the school.

However, word slowly spread among parents and students that opting out of the test was possible. More students began...

April-24-2015

Forecaster says 2016 governor's race 'leans Republican'
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than a year ahead of West Virginia’s primary election, a political prognosticator from the University of Virginia is classifying the 2016 race for governor as “leans Republican.”

The status was “toss-up” last week before U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declined to enter the race.

Kyle Kondik, managing editor for Larry Sabato’s Crystal...

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