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Summit focuses on workforce training
By Caitlin Cook, The Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other leaders spoke about the importance of workforce training and retraining programs and partnerships between education and industry at the governor’s first Workforce Summit Tuesday afternoon at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

Moving forward, the state will continue to develop collaborative efforts between business and...


Tax reform panel urged to move with caution
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Administration officials Monday urged a legislative Select Committee on Tax Reform to act cautiously and deliberatively in revamping a tax system they said is competitive with surrounding states and national averages.

“Do not divorce the budget from your deliberations on tax policy,” state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told the 16-member legislative interim...


Editorial: Another tax shift?      
Charleston Gazette

New legislative leaders are studying a major realignment of state taxes, through the Joint Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform. A recent meeting offered a glimpse of what lawmakers have in mind, such as further tax cuts and even eliminating the personal income tax.

In coming months, GOP leaders presumably will clarify whether they want their 2015 reform to be “revenue-neutral” — producing the same...


Standards are important — especially in education
Editorial - Exponent Telegram

As primary and secondary schools across the region head into the final month of classes, significant discussion and debate surround the practice of standardized testing.
For part of the next few weeks, students will take Smarter Balance tests, which help to gauge how each individual student and the school system are performing.

In parts of the country, including...


Charles McElwee: Common core repeal would be impulsive, political, unconstitutional
By Charles McElwee

No bill relating to public education received as much attention in the 2015 regular session of the Legislature as did H.B. 2934.

The Bill directed the West Virginia Board of Education to repeal its Common Core Standards and subsequent Next Generation Content Standards.

Fortunately for our public-school students, the Bill died in the Senate.