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May-05-2015

Tax reform panel urged to move with caution
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Administration officials Monday urged a legislative Select Committee on Tax Reform to act cautiously and deliberatively in revamping a tax system they said is competitive with surrounding states and national averages.

“Do not divorce the budget from your deliberations on tax policy,” state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told the 16-member legislative interim...

May-04-2015

Editorial: Another tax shift?      
Charleston Gazette

New legislative leaders are studying a major realignment of state taxes, through the Joint Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform. A recent meeting offered a glimpse of what lawmakers have in mind, such as further tax cuts and even eliminating the personal income tax.

In coming months, GOP leaders presumably will clarify whether they want their 2015 reform to be “revenue-neutral” — producing the same...

May-04-2015

Standards are important — especially in education
Editorial - Exponent Telegram

As primary and secondary schools across the region head into the final month of classes, significant discussion and debate surround the practice of standardized testing.
 
For part of the next few weeks, students will take Smarter Balance tests, which help to gauge how each individual student and the school system are performing.

In parts of the country, including...

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 “...

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