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March-15-2015

Session comes to an end; several bills fall short on final night
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The final day of the 60-day regular legislative session may be best remembered for what didn’t pass than for what did as several much-talked-...

March-14-2015

The Charleston Gazette: Charter — Sad example

On this final day of the session, the 2015 Legislature seems likely to add West Virginia to 43 states that authorize charter schools — special schools supported by tax money but operated by private owners under outside contracts, independent from county school systems and teacher unions.

Last week, the state Senate approved the schools in an 18-16 party-line vote. Then the House Education Committee removed language...

March-12-2015

State school board approves make-up day waiver process
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

County school districts may be allowed to make up fewer days after snow-day cancellations under a waiver process approved 6-1 by the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday.

Until April 1, school districts will be able to ask the state school board for permission to not make up school days that were canceled due to states of emergency, according to...

March-12-2015

House Amendments to Immunization Bill Being Opposed by State DHHR and DOE

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the state Department of Education supported the immunization bill passed by the state Senate, but opposed House amendments Wednesday.

The proposed House amendments, in SB 286, would eliminate the DHHR's ability to add vaccines through the state's current medical exemption process.

The DHHR uses a process that allows a...

March-12-2015

Wade Linger: Leave education standards to the educators

Serving on the state Board of Education for six years, I have seen a lot. In spite of the drubbing the state board has taken during this legislative session, I am proud of our record. We have accomplished reforms that nobody thought possible as recently as five years ago.
Contrary to critics’ claims that the Board of Education doesn’t listen, this board has been very reform-driven. Working with the public,...

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