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April-10-2017

Bills pass to allow non-public school students access to sports, eliminate RESAs
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Legislature finalized two education-related bills in the final few hours of the 60-day session Saturday night.

The session neared its midnight deadline when the Senate finally agreed to the last version of the HB 2711, which would eliminate eight Regional Educational Service Agencies while giving flexibility in the...

April-07-2017

College grant application deadline extended in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have extended the application deadline for the need-based Higher Education Grant Program through May 1.

The Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System say the deadline has been pushed back because of a federal technology issue.

The old deadline was April 15.

The filing required for the grants is the Free...

April-07-2017

Common Core, Smarter Balanced nixed as Justice’s K-12 bill advances
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday passed a version of the governor’s education bill that would now also ban Common Core standards and the current Smarter Balanced standardized tests. It could be amended on the Senate floor today.

Gov. Jim Justice’s bill (House Bill 2711), which already would eliminate the state Office of Education Performance...

April-06-2017

URGENT!

We need a strong effort to contact some key delegates to try to defeat Senate Bill 239. We are hearing about a real push in the House of Delegates to convince some delegates to vote for this anti-worker, anti-union bill by telling them it’s really no big deal, just sign a paper.

Well, it is a big deal.

It’s meant to weaken unions and weaken your ability to seek fair treatment, or to speak out against bad legislation and abuses by your employer. It is also...

April-06-2017

Hopefully, time will run out on this funding bill
Register- Herald

At first blush, allowing county boards to increase property tax rates to help fund education in their districts seems like a good idea.

After all, if locals are unhappy with the education their kids are getting or not satisfied with whatever share the state sends their way via school aid funding, then there is an answer: they can pay up via a hike in their property tax rate.

But...

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