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June-15-2015

Fayette County school bond defeated
By WV MetroNews Staff

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Fayette County voters soundly defeated a $39 million bond referendum aimed at financing new school construction and renovating other existing campuses.

About 61.9 percent of voters opposed the bond call Saturday.

With 39 precincts turning out to vote, 4,662 ballots rejected the measure and 2,870 supported it.

Should the bond have passed, the $39 million–along...

June-11-2015

Review of Common Core to begin, will seek online comments
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is ready to conduct a comprehensive review of its Common Core-based English and math standards, Superintendent Michael Martirano announced Wednesday during a state Board of Education meeting.

With the help of West Virginia University and the Southern Regional Education Board, the department will begin its review...

June-11-2015

11 counties reverting to traditional high school math classes
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

Eleven West Virginia counties, including Kanawha and Putnam, have told state education officials they plan to revert next school year to the traditional high school math course structure that predated the national Common Core standards.

So far, 26 districts have indicated whether they will return to the previous structure of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra...

June-10-2015

91 percent of state workers choose Healthy Tomorrows; won’t face additional deductible
By Jeff Jenkins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A large majority of state workers won’t be charged an additional $500 deductible beginning July 1 because they’ve decided to take part in the Healthy Tomorrows initiative.

State Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) spokesperson Diane Holley-Brown said 91 percent or 71,945 active and non-Medicare retirees met the program’s first-...

June-10-2015

State prevailing wage laws still unclear
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

One day after legislative leaders denounced WorkForce West Virginia’s plan for recalculating the state’s prevailing wage rates, and voted down a motion to keep the current rates in effect to Sept. 30, the fate of state prevailing wages was unclear Tuesday.

While legislative leaders took steps Monday to halt WorkForce West Virginia’s proposed recalculation, the governor’s...

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