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February-17-2016

Common Core repeal bills stalled in House Education Committee
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

With just more than three weeks left in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, several bills introduced to cut ties between West Virginia’s educational standards and Common Core standards remain pending in the House Education Committee.

“While the state Board and others claim that these (Common Core) standards are better, that’s absolutely false. They’re worse...

February-17-2016

Senate finance committee gets started on Tomblin’s tobacco tax increase bill
By MetroNews Staff

The Senate Finance Committee began debate Tuesday on legislation that will raise the prices of cigarettes, other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

The bill (HB 420) is Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to raise additional tax money to help balance the state’s budgets for this fiscal year and next.

The bill raises the tax on a pack of cigarettes from the...

February-16-2016

West Virginia leads nation again in school breakfast participation
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The Food Research & Action Center announced Tuesday for the second year in a row West Virginia is doing better than any other state in the nation getting school kids to eat breakfast at school.

It wasn’t always that way, Richard Goff, executive director of the Office of Child Nutrition at the West Virginia Department of Education, told MetroNews.

“...

February-15-2016

“The hard work begins” following right to work passage
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

While supporters of West Virginia’s right to work legislation are looking forward to new opportunities to grow the state’s economy, opponents say they’re disappointed with how the debate over the bill was carried out.

“Not only would they vote to pass right to work, but it’s the manner in which some of the people like Senator (Robert) Karnes (R-Upshur,11) and others...

February-15-2016

House to examine bill to set aside class time to fill out FAFSA
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

A bill passed by the House Education Committee last Friday would make it a priority for high school students to learn how to properly fill out the FAFSA form.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the state Higher Education Policy Commission Dr. Adam Green said the bill would set aside class time for completion of the form.

“This really puts an emphasis...

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