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April-03-2016

Tomblin veto favors state educators, kids
Register Herald editorial

The Governor’s message to legislators was clear Friday when he vetoed two education bills: Be patient and let the professionals do their jobs.

We would have added: Stop meddling and mucking up matters.

As originally designed, House Bill 4014 would have prohibited teachers from using Common Core educational standards. After it emerged from the sausage-making legislative...

April-03-2016

Lawmakers, educators react to Tomblin vetoes of education bills
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

Lawmakers and education leaders alike said Saturday that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a bill that would allow accrued minutes to grow into instructional days is “a slap in the face.”

Delegate George “Boogie” Ambler, R-Greenbrier, said HB 4171 was “the one thing teachers saw as something that the legislature was doing to help with education.”

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April-03-2016

Tomblin vetoes pair of bills altering school calendar, standards
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would have altered the school calendar and education standards in West Virginia.

One bill (HB-4171) would have allowed schools systems to use banked time to count toward the 180 day requirement and required school to end by June 10, and start no sooner than Aug. 10.

The other bill (HB-4014) would...

April-01-2016

Deadline day has reached for governor to sign bills
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says a bill that would change the public school calendar process “kind of takes us back a little bit.”

Tomblin will make a decision on the measure (HB 4171) by the end of the day Friday. April 1 is the deadline for the governor to sign or veto bills passed in the final hours of the 60-day legislative session.

The bill allows for school systems to...

March-31-2016

Commentary: Governor explains what deep cuts may look like
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says without a tax increase, “we’re going to have to make some very, very serious cuts” to state spending to balance the budget for the 2017 fiscal year beginning July 1.

How serious? For example, Tomblin has told legislative leaders that public education spending would have to be cut by four percent, or $63 million, resulting in the...

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