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May-04-2015

Charles McElwee: Common core repeal would be impulsive, political, unconstitutional
By Charles McElwee

No bill relating to public education received as much attention in the 2015 regular session of the Legislature as did H.B. 2934.

The Bill directed the West Virginia Board of Education to repeal its Common Core Standards and subsequent Next Generation Content Standards.

Fortunately for our public-school students, the Bill died in the Senate.

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May-04-2015

State BOE member responds to standardized testing “opt outs”
By Carrie Hodousek in News | May 04, 2015 at 12:01AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state Board of Education member said “opting out” is not an option for West Virginia students when it comes to the new Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium testing implemented this year.

Lloyd Jackson, state board member and former West Virginia state senator and Senate Education Committee chairman, said it’s “...

April-28-2015

Tomblin hasn't decided on possible congressional bid
The Associated Press

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet.

The Logan County Democrat told The Associated Press he has been approached about vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.
 
Tomblin said he hasn't...

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...

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