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January-18-2017

Justice targets education 'bureaucrats,' but plan not yet released
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

At least as far as education goes, Gov. Jim Justice’s inauguration speech Monday was surprising — given the fact he was short on specifics during his campaign.

“Today, I have an education plan right here,” the Democrat said, holding up a blue booklet, “that I’m going to submit immediately for people to review. It’s going to be the elimination of a...

January-17-2017

Public schools: Don't undermine
Charleston Gazette editorial (www.wvgazettemail.com)

The 2017 Legislature met for organizing purposes last week, then recessed for a month until it officially starts on Feb. 8.

Under strong Republican control, it's likely to pursue a conservative agenda with heavy impact on West Virginia -- as it did last year. Among various right-wing goals, here's one that should...

January-17-2017

Boone schools may cut positions as grievances, suits continue
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County Schools’ superintendent tentatively plans to recommend the Boone school board eliminate 40 to 45 positions for next school year, but cutting that many will be difficult now that board members have rejected his proposed school closures.

That’s according to Amy Willard, executive director of the state Office of School Finance. Boone...

January-17-2017

Justice takes aim at education bureaucracy in inaugural address
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In his inaugural address Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced a plan to cut bureaucracy in education, which he said has grown tremendously in spite of declining enrollment rates.

“In 1980, we had 130 bureaucrats looking over 500,000 students,” Justice said. “Today, we have half as many students and ten times as many bureaucrats looking over them...

January-17-2017

State board President Mike Green hopeful about test changes
BY Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With public comment now open, the West Virginia Board of Education is hearing from West Virginians about a proposal to replace the Smarter Balanced assessments with better end-of-course exams that are connected to students’ final grades.

The Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to the Common Core standards for English and Math. Public school...

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