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March-04-2015

Dale Lee: Common core a state initiative to compete globally

Why is it that most legislators oppose the Common Core? If asked to name a standard they disagree with, they cannot tell you any specific standard. They talk about things they have read on the Internet and they talk about the intrusion of the federal government into our schools.

Most people have formed their view on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based on something they have heard on...

March-04-2015

Common Core repeal bill amended to allow time for replacing standards
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

The Common Core repeal bill up for debate in the state Senate has been amended to give the West Virginia Department of Education an additional year to carry out its mandates.

In a 2-1 vote, the subcommittee the bill was referred to on Monday agreed to give the department until July 2016 to develop and implement replacement...

March-04-2015

Charter Schools not a priority in Berkeley County
Nate Stewart

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va.- The West Virginia senate passed the Charter Schools Act of 2015 on Monday by a vote of 18 to 16. The bill would allow the creation of two charter schools per year, and no more than 10 schools in the first five years.

"As I look at the charter school legislation, it's one that is of interest, but one that is not a priority to me in Berkeley County," said Manny Arvon,...

March-03-2015

Gregory S. Prudich: W.Va. schools were ambushed by Legislature
Legislation by ambush; that’s what we just witnessed. The education community in West Virginia was going about our important work and bam — waylaid by the Legislature.

I am speaking of the bill to repeal the Next Generation standards, West Virginia’s version of the Common Core standards in math and English/language arts. (House Bill 2934). It had not been part of the legislative program until Feb. 24...

March-03-2015

Repeal bill baffles Common Core backers
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed a bill Saturday to repeal Common Core standards in West Virginia, but the state schools superintendent says he doesn’t know what specific standards legislators have problems with.

“I do not have in my possession any one particular standard that is a concern,” Superintendent Michael Martirano said Monday morning after addressing members of...

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