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Without recalculation, prevailing wage at risk
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Prevailing wage rates for state-funded construction projects are now set to expire July 1, after the legislative Joint Committee on Government and Finance rejected a motion Monday to extend the deadline for calculating new wage rates to Sept. 30 on a party-line vote.

Prior to the vote, Republican members of the committee strongly criticized methodology proposed...


Kanawha schools survey finds need for improved communications
By Laura Haight, Daily Mail Staff

Kanawha County teachers, parents, community members and high school students are calling for better communication throughout the school district, a recent survey has found.

The results from the Kanawha County Schools Management Retreat Survey Analysis presented at a special session of the board Monday reiterated the need for improvement. About 150 were invited...


Drug testing public assistance recipients under discussion at WV legislative interims
By Lexi Browning, Daily Mail Staff

The half decade-long debate on drug testing public assistance recipients has resurfaced. The West Virginia Joint Committee on Health and Human Resources Accountability discussed the issue during a meeting Monday at the state Capitol.

Rochelle Finzel, director of the National Conference of State Legislators, said most states were nudging...


W.Va. superintendent defends Common Core to Legislature
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano defended West Virginia’s Common Core-based educational standards, telling legislators Sunday that the standards are critical to assure all students in the state are prepared for college or the workforce when they graduate.

“The goal of the new West Virginia educational standards is college and workforce readiness for all...


Legislature Once Again Poised to Consider Common Core Repeal
By Ashton Marra

The battle over Common Core continued at the statehouse Sunday during the Legislature’s June interim meetings. The national education standards were once again the topic of discussion for the Joint Education Committee.

It started with presentations by two Common Core opponents, Susan Summers, head of West Virginians Against Common Core, and Bonnie Henthorn, a member of the Tyler...