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November-28-2016

Congratulations, West Virginia. You have joined the 17 states that label schools with an A-F grade.
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

What have we learned?

Surprise, surprise, the grades track reliably with area household income and everything that comes with it — greater stability at home, opportunity, better health, security.

The F school we know best is Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston.

Families served by that...

November-23-2016

Trump picks Betsy DeVos for education secretary post
Chad Livengood, Jonathan Oosting and Michael Gerstein, Detroit News

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation’s education policy.

Lansing — President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint West Michigan GOP mega...

November-21-2016

Daily Mail editorial: What grade to give the WV public school grading system?

On the surface, it would make sense to grade West Virginia’s public schools on an A through F system. After all, isn’t that how students are measured?

Yet, it is much more complicated to tell how well a school — that collective organization of students, teachers, administrators, staff and community — is performing.

For instance, in Kanawha County, Mary C. Snow West Side...

November-21-2016

Carmichael secures vote to become next State Senate President
By MetroNews Staff

State Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) has secured the vote to become the next President of the West Virginia State Senate.

Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha), who was also in the running, conceded to Carmichael Saturday night.

A number of senators favored Gaunch as a candidate for the position because they were dissatisfied with the leadership of the...

November-21-2016

Senate Finance chair calls any tax hikes in New Year a “non-starter” with Legislature
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A proposed budget that is not balanced with tax increases is what Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04) said members of the Legislature want to see from Governor-elect Jim Justice in the New Year.

Hall pointed to the results of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed 2016 tax hikes, when only a tobacco tax hike was approved...

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