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July-21-2015

Too soon to know if PEIA retiree premiums will rise
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Days after the state Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board was notified the plan will need nearly $60 million of premium increases for active state employee coverage for the 2016-17 plan year, Administration officials said it is too early to tell if similar increases will be needed for retiree health coverage.

“By September or October, they’ll have...

July-21-2015

Martirano: Next year's testing may be moved back
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he plans to work with interested parties in the coming months to change the time of standardized testing next school year.

“The misnomer is that once testing occurs, that instruction ends,” Martirano said last week on MetroNews Talkline. “So we’re looking to push that testing window back. I’ll be working with...

July-21-2015

Campaign aims to double low income students' proficiency rates
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Of the 60 percent of West Virginia students who come from low-income backgrounds, only a third can read proficiently by the end of third grade.

That’s according to Charlotte Webb, coordinator of elementary education for the state Department of Education and state leader for the West Virginia Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a...

July-17-2015

Manchin, Capito vote to rewrite decades-old education law
By Sam Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito voted Thursday to overhaul a decades-old education law that promises to roll back federal oversight of schools and shift more control to states and local-level educators.

Manchin and Capito applauded the bipartisan effort to pass the Every Child Achieves Act, which serves as a rewrite of the outdated and now-...

July-16-2015

Martirano takes questions on Common Core during “Talkline” appearance
By Jeff Jenkins in News | July 16, 2015 at 1:40PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano took calls from across the state Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.” Martirano addressed the Common Core (Next Generation) teaching standards that have caused lots of debate in West Virginia.

Martirano spent time explaining Common Core.

“It’s a set of standards in...

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