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State officials: Delegate’s Common Core lawsuit should be thrown out
By Eric Eyre, Staff writer

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and schools Superintendent Michael Martirano want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Berkeley County Delegate Michael Folk, who’s seeking the repeal Common Core educational standards being taught in public schools.

In court filings, Tomblin’s attorney said Folk, a Republican, is trying to...


Most Kanawha students tested despite opt out movement
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite reports of students refusing to take Common Core-related standardized tests in other states and other West Virginia counties, the Mountain State’s largest school district hasn’t seen many students do so.

Jon Duffy, Kanawha County Schools’ director of counseling and testing, said that as of Tuesday about 60 percent of the district’s...


Senate president Cole officially enters race for governor
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

State Senate president Bill Cole officially entered West Virginia’s 2016 gubernatorial race on Tuesday.

Cole announced his decision on MetroNews prior to holding a press conference inside his Bluefield Nissan dealership.

“I think we’re at a unique time in our state’s history — a tipping point in which we’ll either return to the back of the pack or advance...


Martirano: Students will work through 180th day
By Carrie Houdosek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Summer break for some West Virginia schools began last week, but other students won’t be getting out until mid-June because of the state law requiring 180 instructional days.

“We have to maximize the instructional time,” said state Superintendent Michael Martirano. “So making certain kids are in school every day, that we’re maximizing the time on task, is...


Cole to announce political plans Tuesday
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — State Senate President Bill Cole has scheduled a pair of media events for Tuesday in which the Mercer County Republican is expected to announce a run for governor in 2016.

“He will make his intentions for 2016 clear when he participates in events in Charleston and Bluefield tomorrow,” Kent Gates, Republican consultant working with the Cole campaign told MetroNews...