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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...

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...

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