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April-07-2017

Common Core, Smarter Balanced nixed as Justice’s K-12 bill advances
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday passed a version of the governor’s education bill that would now also ban Common Core standards and the current Smarter Balanced standardized tests. It could be amended on the Senate floor today.

Gov. Jim Justice’s bill (House Bill 2711), which already would eliminate the state Office of Education Performance...

April-06-2017

URGENT!

We need a strong effort to contact some key delegates to try to defeat Senate Bill 239. We are hearing about a real push in the House of Delegates to convince some delegates to vote for this anti-worker, anti-union bill by telling them it’s really no big deal, just sign a paper.

Well, it is a big deal.

It’s meant to weaken unions and weaken your ability to seek fair treatment, or to speak out against bad legislation and abuses by your employer. It is also...

April-06-2017

Hopefully, time will run out on this funding bill
Register- Herald

At first blush, allowing county boards to increase property tax rates to help fund education in their districts seems like a good idea.

After all, if locals are unhappy with the education their kids are getting or not satisfied with whatever share the state sends their way via school aid funding, then there is an answer: they can pay up via a hike in their property tax rate.

But...

April-06-2017

WV Senate president: ‘We’re going to run’ governor’s K-12 bill
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The chairman of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee abruptly pulled Gov. Jim Justice’s wide-ranging K-12 education bill from his committee’s meeting agenda on Wednesday and said the bill is “dead.”

But after the action and comments by Chairman Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, Wednesday morning, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the bill (...

April-06-2017

Both houses pass budgets, but issues lie directly ahead
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

Of all the numbers associated with the budget bills that passed both houses of the state Legislature on Wednesday, one stands out.

Two thirds.

That’s the number required to override a veto by Gov. Jim Justice, and it doesn’t look like either the Senate or the House of Delegates has it.

The House of Delegates passed its budget bill 58-42 a little after 8 p...

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