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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...

March-03-2015

Bill to allow charter schools passes Senate
By Joel Ebert, Capitol Bureau

 After several days worth of delays, the state Senate has passed legislation that would permit the formation of a charter schools system in West Virginia on Monday.

Following more than an hour and half worth of discussion, the measure passed with an 18-16 vote, which once again fell along party lines. As several Democrats attempted to poke holes in the legislation, which has gone...

March-03-2015

Common Core heads to subcommittee for further discussion
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

A bill that would make using the Common Core education standards illegal in West Virginia was assigned to a Senate subcommittee on Monday for further review, a move one senator said could stay the piece of legislation for at least three days.

After moving through the House in less than a week, the bill now awaits approval from the Senate...

March-02-2015

Common Core talks continue in Legislature
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter

While education officials in Charleston solidify their opposition to legislation that would repeal Common Core, one state school board member said he agrees with many concerns outlined in the bill and hopes the Department of Education will work with lawmakers on finding a middle ground.

Tom Campbell told the Daily Mail on Friday that a wholesale repeal of the controversial...

March-02-2015

House votes to repeal Common Core
By David Gutman, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

A day after the state Board of Education announced its unanimous opposition to repealing the state’s Common Core-based education standards, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to repeal those standards.

Strictly speaking, West Virginia does not have Common Core standards, but the state’s Next Generation math and English standards are based on the...

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