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September-25-2015

Eight W.Va. schools chosen for STEM network
By Lori Kersey, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

George Washington High School in Charleston is one of eight schools across the state picked to be a part of West Virginia’s first STEM Network Schools program.

The program was developed based on the recommendations from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Council.

“Together, these schools will help ‘raise the bar’ in STEM...

September-24-2015

Plymale, Martirano talk education at Huntington Chamber session
The State Journal

Speaking to members of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting Sept. 23, state Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Cabell/Wayne, voiced strong criticism of what he called the “intrusive” role of the federal government in education and offered some equally barbed comments about the testing now prevalent in the state’s schools.

Plymale said he is not a believer in...

September-23-2015

Boso says rural counties hit hardest by formula underfunding
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

State Senator Greg Boso (R, Nicholas – 11) wants to see changes and corrections to the Department of Education’s School Aid Formula to make up for underfunding in rural counties – many of which he represents.

“The one thing that we’ve got to do very quickly is make sure that we get the Department of Education to modify their calculation efforts to make sure that...

September-23-2015

Kessler challenges Justice to gubernatorial debate
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler is challenging his opponent, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, to a series of debates before the 2016 Democratic primary election in West Virginia.

Kessler, a state senator from Marshall County, issued the challenge during an interview Tuesday afternoon on Ravenswood radio station WMOV.

“Mr. Justice is a...

September-22-2015

Survey says W.Va. ranks 13th in tax fairness
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia ranks 13th in the U.S. in fairness of its state and local taxes, a WalletHub survey released Monday shows.

Ranking states based on how progressive their state and local tax rates are — with tax fairness defined as having higher taxes on wealthier households — West Virginia ranked 9th for its comparatively low property taxes, 36th for dependency on sales...

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