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Martirano to release standardized test results Wednesday
By Jeff Jenkins , MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano will release the results from last school year’s standardized testing in West Virginia during Wednesday afternoon’s state Board of Education meeting.

“I’ve been very clear about the fact that I want those results out early,” Martirano told MetroNews. “I’ve very transparent in my superintendency about...


Cole says Common Core has failed, should be repealed
By Samuel Speciale, Staff Writer , Charleston Gazette-Mail

A day after revoking an agreement regarding West Virginia’s involvement in developing Common Core, Senate President Bill Cole said the controversial standards have been a failure and that the state must change course if it wants to improve student achievement.

While he wouldn’t say Common Core is the cause of West Virginia’s education woes, the...


State revenues: Coal beginning to show production decrease
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tax collections in the new fiscal year in West Virginia started out in July the same way they ended June with severance taxes missing projections, state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Wednesday.

Overall the state missed its July estimate by $4.8 million with much of that, $3.8 million, from a shortfall in severance tax collections. Kiss and others...


Cole calls Common Core a 'non-starter,' says it's time to start over
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate President Bill Cole says the Common Core teaching standards will be repealed during next year’s [legislative] session.

Cole (R-Mercer) called the controversial standards, which deal with Math, English/Language Arts, a “non-starter” during a Wednesday appearance on MetroNews ‘Talkline.’

"We have too many people in the...


Cole, Armstead file letter against Common Core
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The two leading lawmakers in West Virginia took steps Tuesday aimed at repealing the state Common Core standards.

Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead sent a letter to the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers revoking a 2009 agreement between the state and the NGA regarding development of Common...