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December-14-2015

W.Va. lawmakers pushing for more math, ELA standards changes
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State legislative leaders aren’t fully satisfied with the proposed changes to West Virginia’s K-12 math and English language arts standards, and are meeting Monday with the state Board of Education’s president to suggest additional alterations.

Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia and chairwoman of the House Education Committee, wrote in text messages to a...

December-11-2015

Legislative leaders quick to criticize PEIA benefit reduction
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06), is among those moving quickly to criticize the $120 million in benefit reductions members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board approved this week for state workers and retirees.

With the Thursday vote, Cole, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, said in a statement the board “voted unanimously to...

December-11-2015

Letter: Vote 'Yes' for the Jefferson school levy
By Eleanor Finn, Shepardstown Chronicle

As a former high school social studies teacher I can attest to the fact that schools and students benefit from having adequate resources.

The school system in Jefferson County has already had to deal with an unexpected mid-year state budget cut and further cuts would have a seriously negative impact.

West Virginia suffers from an undereducated population. If we...

December-11-2015

PEIA urges Legislature to provide more funding as cuts are approved
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
    
More than 200,000 public employees and retirees in West Virginia will see “draconian” cuts to their health insurance benefits next year — unless state lawmakers decide to fully fund the program during the upcoming legislative session.

Members of the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board voted unanimously Thursday to...

December-10-2015

Obama signs Every Student Succeeds Act, replacing NCLB
By The Associated Press/NBC 10 Philadelphia

President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Thursday, a bipartisan bill that will fix the No Child Left Behind Act to reduce over-testing and one-size-fits-all federal mandates.

"It's a Christmas miracle here, a bipartisan bill," the president said in his remarks before signing the bill into law.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly...

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