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April-17-2015

Commentary: Common Core woes continue
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

West Virginia is transitioning to the new Common Core standards in public education. These standards are supposed to improve the quality of education in the state and provide a basis for accurately comparing our students with those from other states.

However, the shift in how we deliver public education has been beset by a series of problems.

The state Department of Education...

April-17-2015

Some counties stick with testing schedule despite missed days
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Students in some county school systems in West Virginia have started  taking the annual standardized tests even though their school years now won’t until at least mid-June.

The year-end dates were moved back to allow for makeup days necessitated by winter weather cancellations. The state Board of Education denied waiver requests made by 27...

April-17-2015

PEIA faces cuts to health insurance
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Short of the governor approving more than $100 million in new state funding for premium increases, the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board will have to steel itself this...

April-15-2015

WV Center On Budget and Policy: State Should Make Tax System More Fair
Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia lawmakers consider reforming the state's tax code, the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy is arguing that it needs to be made fairer to low- and middle-income families.

Over time, said Ted Boettner, executive director of the center, the state's tax system gradually has come to favor the wealthy.

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April-15-2015

Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case
By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter had delayed sentencing by...

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