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March-10-2015

Senate rethinks Common Core repeal
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate Education Committee made major changes Monday to a bill that would repeal Common Core English and math standards in West Virginia. The bill no longer calls for a repeal, instead requires the West Virginia Department of Education study the standards for two years.

House Bill 2934, as approved by the House of Delegates, would have fully repealed the...

March-09-2015

Senate committee guts House Common Core bill
By Jeff Jenkins in News |WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate Education Committee scrapped the House of Delegates’ plan Monday to repeal the controversial Common Core education standards in West Virginia’s public schools.

The committee replaced language in the House-passed bill (HB2934) with its own language that calls for keeping Common Core in place while doing up to a two-year study of the...

March-09-2015

Why WV needs Teach for America
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV Metronews

We struggle in West Virginia to fill every school classroom with an educator certified in the discipline they are teaching.  According to the West Virginia Education Association, we currently have 316 teaching positions being filled by long-term substitutes.
A significant increase in starting teacher pay—it’s currently around $34,000—would help, but it’s always going to be...

March-08-2015

Thousands of comments delay science standards vote
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

The West Virginia Board of Education’s expected vote this week to adopt new K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — has been delayed due to an “unusually large number of comments.”

Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said the standards received around 7,000 comments from more than 1,000...

March-08-2015

Thousands protest GOP legislature at union rally

Thousands of people came to the West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston on Saturday to hear from the leaders of America’s most prominent labor unions at a rally to protest against the agenda of the new Republican majority in the Legislature

For more than two hours, the crowd listened to labor leaders denounce charter schools, “right-to-work” laws, mine safety rollbacks and the revamping of West Virginia’s...

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