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January-29-2015

House Education chair makes case for public charter schools
By Shauna Johnson, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the biggest advocates for the addition of public charter schools in West Virginia is House Education Committee Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51).

She said, right now, there’s not a lot of choice in the public education system.

“You’re kind of forced into a one-size-fits-all approach. Our counties are forced to be regulated from...

January-29-2015

Charter school hearing splits interest groups
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON - Business interests and union groups fell on opposite sides of a debate Wednesday over whether to allow public charter schools in West Virginia.

The hour-long House of Delegates public hearing came on the heels of the new Republican majority's push to make West Virginia the 43rd state that allows charter schools.

The GOP has taken control of both chambers for the first...

January-29-2015

WV Center on Budget and Policy releases prevailing wage report
By Mandy Cardosi, The State Journal

State Republican leaders are considering a repeal of West Virginia's long-standing prevailing wage law.

Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, introduced a similar bill last year, and Cole said he still believes repealing the legislation is the right thing to do. Cole said he doesn't believe having a prevailing wage bill is "being a proper steward of taxpayer...

January-28-2015

Lawmakers draft plan to lift starting teacher salaries to $43K
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bills that would raise the starting salaries of West Virginia teachers to $43,000 within the next five years were scheduled to be introduced in the state Senate and House of Delegates, possibly this week.

“We made a promise to our educators last year that we would get them to a competitive level of pay by 2019, so that’s part of our goal,”...

January-28-2015

Charter schools bill sees scrutiny
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

The current draft of a bill that would allow for charter schools in West Virginia received some scrutiny during two Senate Education Committee meetings on Tuesday after it was discovered the proposed legislation could permit discrimination against special needs students and allow schools to set their own academic calendar.

The committee listened to testimony from five different...

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