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November-12-2015

State board to consider Common Core standards revisions, testing reductions
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is recommending that the state Board of Education take previous reductions in science and social studies standardized testing and make them permanent, while still determining what to do with the Common Core-based math and English language arts standards.

Clayton Burch, the department’s chief...

November-12-2015

Mike Hall: PEIA conversation starts with Tomblin
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Teachers, public employees and retirees made clear at Tuesday’s Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board public hearing that they want the Legislature to increase funding for PEIA to alleviate a planned $120 million in benefit cuts.

However, Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said Wednesday that any decision to increase state funding for PEIA...

November-11-2015

State Supreme Court throws out Jorea Marple's lawsuit against WVBE
By Kate White, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed by ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple against the state Board of Education and its former president, after she was abruptly fired in 2012.

The opinion reversed Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky’s decision. Stucky had ruled last year that the school board and former...

November-11-2015

Raucous crowd in Charleston tells Legislature to adequately fund PEIA
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A large, loud and raucous crowd of teachers, public employees and retirees had a clear message Tuesday for the Legislature: Come up with adequate funding for their health insurance coverage.

Tuesday’s public hearing of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board at the Civic Center Little Theater was the fourth of six scheduled...

November-11-2015

PEIA hearing in Charleston sees large disgruntled crowd
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employee’s Insurance Agency’s public hearing at Charleston Civic Center saw a large crowd Tuesday night, as members came out to express their disapproval with the agency’s plan to raise insurance deductibles.

In a $120 million hole, the PEIA is proposing a $500 increase for workers on an individual plan and $1,000 for those with a family...

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