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August-11-2016

WV scores rise on Smarter Balanced, which state will continue to use
Ryan Quinn , Charleston Gazette-Mail

Statewide proficiency rates on the annual end-of-year standardized tests for West Virginia public elementary, middle and high school students increased from the 2014-15 school year to last school year in nearly every tested grade on all tested subjects, according to preliminary data.

But even with the proficiency rate increases, the fact remained that...

August-11-2016

Kanawha circuit judge issues preliminary injunction on Right to Work
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the state’s new right to work law.

West Virginia became the 26th right to work state in the U.S. on July 1 after its passage in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions sought the injunction claiming it amounted to stealing property....

August-10-2016

West Virginia students make modest improvement on standardized testing
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

West Virginia students made a minor improvement in 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment testing, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

The data showed that math proficiency improved from last year’s 26 percent to 30 percent while English-language arts scores improved from 45 percent in 2015 to 47 percent.

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August-10-2016

Organized labor ready to challenge Right to Work in court
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

Six months since the West Virginia Legislature passed Right to Work legislation, organized labor is ready to go to court to seek an injunction to block the measure.  The new law was described by supporters during the debate as a bid to drop a requirement of union membership as a condition of employment.  Union groups contend the measure amounted to an unfair taking of...

August-09-2016

Report finds WV’s public higher education institutions have $2.7 billion impact on state
By Carrie Hodousek , WV MetroNews

The state Higher Education Policy Commission hopes the $2.7 billion impact that West Virginia’s colleges and universities have on the state’s economy will prevent budget cuts to higher education.

“Rather than just to say ‘hey, we can save a lot of money by closing or consolidating certain institutions, you really need to also have an...

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