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October-20-2015

Delegate’s Common Core lawsuit dismissed by Supreme Court
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied one lawmaker’s attempt to end the state Department of Education’s use of Common Core and its standardized testing for students.

Last week, the court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, who alleged the state Board of Education is violating state law and the U.S....

October-20-2015

Officials say eliminating personal property tax would devastate education
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charlston Gazette Mail

Education officials told lawmakers Monday that eliminating personal property taxes would cause a huge statewide revenue reduction for county school systems, though one legislator questioned why he was hearing a presentation on a proposal he said hasn’t been made.

Amy Willard, executive director of the West Virginia Department...

October-19-2015

Small counties react to the 1 percent school budget cuts
By Tina Alvey,(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

Editor's Note: Here are two news articles about how some smaller county school districts are reacting to the 1 percent county school budget cuts that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Oct. 5:

Facing budget cuts, Greenbrier schools standing pat for now

While it appears some county school boards around the state...

October-19-2015

State unaffected by new ruling on dual-credit courses
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A new rule that will require high school teachers of dual-credit courses to have a master’s degree won’t affect the way the popular classes are offered in West Virginia, education officials said Friday.

Earlier this summer, the Higher Learning Commission, a Chicago-based group that accredits western and mid-western colleges and universities, issued a rule...

October-16-2015

PEIA proposes $120 million in employee benefit cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

With no likelihood of additional funding from the West Virginia government, and with its Reserve Fund already spent down to the minimum balance, the Public Employees Insurance Agency has no options but to make “draconian” cuts in benefits for active employees and retirees, executive director Ted Cheatham told the PEIA Finance Board on Thursday.

The board...

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