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March-20-2017

With legislative session on home stretch, is budget compromise possible?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With just about one-third of the West Virginia legislative session remaining, lawmakers and Gov. Jim Justice are feeling each other out over whether there’s room for compromise on their visions for the state budget.

“This process, you have to put something on the table to start the dialogue and the negotiation process and the...

March-17-2017

Missing: GOP budget details; please call Senator Unger
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

Earlier this week, Carmichael appeared on “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval and said the starting point for cuts would be $50 million from DHHR, $50 million from K-12 education and $50 million from higher education.

Democratic Senator John Unger is asking everyone for help locating the whole Republican budget plan.

Unger is asking his fellow Senators. He...

March-17-2017

Education Chair: Common Core is Dead in W.Va.
By Ashton Marra, WV Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate were supposed to take up a bill Thursday to repeal the Common Core education standards and replace them with Math and English standards written some 20 years ago by California and Massachusetts.

The bill, however, was pushed back for the second day in a row, Thursday after the chamber’s Education chair spoke against it.

Senate Bill 524 would...

March-16-2017

Board president says state’s financial condition probably why only 12 apply to be new state superintendent
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

There are at least 10 people still in the running to be the next state superintendent of schools following work done by the state Board of Education Thursday.

There were 12 original applicants for the job to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano but two were eliminated Thursday because they didn’t meet...

March-16-2017

Senate approves legislation to change school starting age
WV MetroNews

Kids would have to be older to enter pre-school programs in a bill that passed the state Senate Thursday.

Currently, the law requires a child to turn four by Sept. 1 for pre-school programs and age five by Sept. 1 for kindergarten. The legislation changes that date from Sept. 1 to July 1, meaning children turning four in that two-month period would have to wait an extra year to enter...

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