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November-17-2015

Kessler urges more WV funding for PEIA
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, WV Gazette Mail

Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, urged the Tomblin administration to find additional state funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency, to alleviate the need to impose $120 million of benefits cuts for public school and state employees and retirees.

In September, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin notified the PEIA Finance Board that the state contribution...

November-17-2015

WV proposed new standards contain much language identical to Common Core
 By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s proposed new K-12 math and English language arts standards, which the state schools superintendent says aren’t based on Common Core, contain much of the exact same language as the controversial national standards blueprint.

State Superintendent Michael Martirano told the state Board of Education and media Friday,...

November-17-2015

Community members still rallying against Wetzel County board of education
By Tessa DiTirro, WTRF.com

The latest board of education meeting in Wetzel county was so packed, people couldn't even get through the door. Teachers, parents, and students are still up-in-arms about the way the board is handling themselves. 7News spoke with Johnna Harter, a Wetzel county parent who gave a speech at the meeting. She claims her son had an inappropriate encounter with a board...

November-17-2015

Wifi Coming to School Buses
By Alyssa Meisner, Digital Journalist/Anchor, WOWKTV.com

KANAWHA COUNTY-  Kanawha County has found a way to squeeze in more learning time. This week the district will install wifi on 158 buses. Students will only be able to use their school-issued iPads on their ride.

"A lot of kids have a 30-40 minute ride home and when you look at that, they can knock it out before they get there, it's an opportunity for some children who don...

November-16-2015

Legislature doing side-by-side comparison of new academic standards
By Jeff Jenkins | MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate President Bill Cole says the state Board of Education has sent a “great signal” that it’s willing to work with the legislature on finding the best academic standards FOR reading, language arts and math for the state’s public school students.

The state board is proposing repealing and replacing the Next Generation/Common Core...

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