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February-15-2016

“The hard work begins” following right to work passage
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

While supporters of West Virginia’s right to work legislation are looking forward to new opportunities to grow the state’s economy, opponents say they’re disappointed with how the debate over the bill was carried out.

“Not only would they vote to pass right to work, but it’s the manner in which some of the people like Senator (Robert) Karnes (R-Upshur,11) and others...

February-15-2016

House to examine bill to set aside class time to fill out FAFSA
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

A bill passed by the House Education Committee last Friday would make it a priority for high school students to learn how to properly fill out the FAFSA form.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the state Higher Education Policy Commission Dr. Adam Green said the bill would set aside class time for completion of the form.

“This really puts an emphasis...

February-14-2016

Mucking up education

Republicans should stop playing politics and let the professionals do their jobs
Editorial Register-Herald

If you thought the Republican majority in Charleston couldn’t top itself with bad legislation, well, we’re here to tell you that it is trying.

So give them an A for effort.

Under Republican majorities in both houses, the West Virginia Legislature is pushing an extreme right-wing political...

February-13-2016

Legislature overrides vetoes of right to work, prevailing wage repeal bills
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

A day after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed legislation high on the GOP agenda, the state Legislature took action to override his disapproval of the measures. 

The vote to override in the State Senate was an 18-16 party line vote on both right to work, SB1, and the repeal of the state's prevailing wage rate, HB 4005. 

Senate Majority...

February-12-2016

More discussion on common core before return to agenda
By Jeff Jenkins, WV Metronews

The status of the bill that would repeal the Common Core teaching standards in West Virginia remains unclear heading into next week.

The bill was taken off the House Education Committee’s agenda before its Friday meeting.

Del. Dave Perry (D-Fayette) questioned committee chair Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson) at the end of Friday’s meeting about the move. Espinosa told...

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