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March-09-2015

Why WV needs Teach for America
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV Metronews

We struggle in West Virginia to fill every school classroom with an educator certified in the discipline they are teaching.  According to the West Virginia Education Association, we currently have 316 teaching positions being filled by long-term substitutes.
A significant increase in starting teacher pay—it’s currently around $34,000—would help, but it’s always going to be...

March-08-2015

Thousands of comments delay science standards vote
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

The West Virginia Board of Education’s expected vote this week to adopt new K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — has been delayed due to an “unusually large number of comments.”

Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said the standards received around 7,000 comments from more than 1,000...

March-08-2015

Thousands protest GOP legislature at union rally

Thousands of people came to the West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston on Saturday to hear from the leaders of America’s most prominent labor unions at a rally to protest against the agenda of the new Republican majority in the Legislature

For more than two hours, the crowd listened to labor leaders denounce charter schools, “right-to-work” laws, mine safety rollbacks and the revamping of West Virginia’s...

March-08-2015

Amanda Pasdon: W.Va. spends too much, is too centralized not to take another look at Common Core

The education provided to our West Virginia students has correctly received attention and action from this session of the West Virginia Legislature. Bipartisan support has been given to bills that are intended to help our students achieve success. Legislators have worked long hours and held public hearings in an attempt to learn from parents, teachers, administrators and...

March-08-2015

House committee removes LGBT protections from charter schools bill
By Erin Beck, WV Gazette

 The House Education Committee removed language that included specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and employees from a bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia this week.
LGBT rights advocates say the move was a blatant effort to avoid giving deserved protections to a historically discriminated against group and ensure...

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