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March-01-2015

House votes to repeal Common Core standards
By Jeff Jenkins in News | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite outcries from the education officials, the state House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Common Core education standards Saturday night.
The bill garnered strong bipartisan support, passing 74-19 after an hour-long debate. The vote came one day after state Board of Education members held an emergency meeting urging delegates against...

February-27-2015

Michael Martirano: Don't confuse standards, curriculum

Common sense is the key to effective decision making. This is true when it comes to the West Virginia Next Generation Standards. These standards guide the work of teachers as they help our children learn and thrive and prepare them for college and careers.

Now a small group in West Virginia has the ear of legislators and wants lawmakers to direct the West Virginia Board of Education to repeal all of these...

February-24-2015

Charter schools bill revived; some senators fuming
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Republicans used their majority in the state Senate to revive the charter schools bill Tuesday afternoon creating a firestorm between Republicans and Democrats.

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee made a move Monday that they thought killed the bill (SB14) when they successfully passed a motion to postpone the bill indefinitely but Republicans...

February-24-2015

Using rare maneuver, Democrats kill Senate charter school bill
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

After a bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia appeared on the Senate Education Committee’s agenda a dozen times, Democrats permanently shot it down Monday during its first hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

Howard O’Cull, who worked on the bill and said he’s lobbied for the West Virginia School Board Association since 1978, said the...

February-24-2015

Kessler discusses Senate Finance vote to kill charter schools bill
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler used a procedural move Monday to kill the controversial public charter schools bill. The Senate Finance Committee was set to take up the bill (SB14) at its afternoon meeting when Kessler (D-Marshall) said he looked around the room and noticed three Republican members of the committee weren’t there.

So he made a motion...

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