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June-08-2015

W.Va. superintendent defends Common Core to Legislature
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano defended West Virginia’s Common Core-based educational standards, telling legislators Sunday that the standards are critical to assure all students in the state are prepared for college or the workforce when they graduate.

“The goal of the new West Virginia educational standards is college and workforce readiness for all...

June-08-2015

Legislature Once Again Poised to Consider Common Core Repeal
By Ashton Marra

The battle over Common Core continued at the statehouse Sunday during the Legislature’s June interim meetings. The national education standards were once again the topic of discussion for the Joint Education Committee.

It started with presentations by two Common Core opponents, Susan Summers, head of West Virginians Against Common Core, and Bonnie Henthorn, a member of the Tyler...

June-08-2015

High-def camera pilot program catches faces of motorists illegally passing school buses
By Marcus Constantino, Multimedia reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

When people illegally pass school buses in West Virginia, they’re rarely brought to justice because state law doesn’t allow police to ticket offenders solely based on a license plate number.

Kanawha transportation officials are trying out new technology that can positively identify who’s behind the wheel...

June-05-2015

W.Va. tax collection shortage worse than it appears
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

Weak tax collections in May were actually worse than they appear, state Department of Revenue officials said Thursday.May tax collections of $280.7 million fell nearly $4.8 million, or 2 percent, below estimates.

However, as Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow explained, those figures were propped up by the transfer of $15.6 million from the state’s Income Tax Reserve Fund...

June-05-2015

When It Comes to Education, W.Va. and Ky. Have Plenty to Talk About
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On Wednesday, members of the West Virginia Board of Education traveled to Frankfort, Kentucky, to meet with their education counterparts and watch as the Kentucky BOE conducted their monthly meeting. Thursday West Virginia Board President Gayle Manchin said the two states have plenty in common.

It starts with standards. Kentucky and West Virginia are just two of forty four states...

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