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Business tax cuts not working as planned
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Beat, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss was being brutally frank recently. He conceded that business tax cuts enacted in 2008 have helped create a “structural imbalance” that is contributing to near-monthly revenue shortfalls that over the past two years have forced severe spending and program cuts just to balance the state budget.

With most agencies and programs at the...


Education audits will affect grades of WV schools
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education will use standardized testing data to calculate grades for schools under the state’s upcoming annual rating system, but Susan O’Brien’s office has the right to suggest lower marks.

O’Brien is executive director of the Office of Education Performance Audits — an agency separate from the Education Department...


Audit: W.Va. Dept. of Education underfunded districts by $30M
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A new audit says the West Virginia Department of Education has been miscalculating school district appropriations for the past seven years, underfunding 36 districts by a total of $51.7 million and overfunding 19 by $21.6 million during that time frame.

That means districts statewide were underfunded a net $30.1 million due to the...


MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows Common Core faces uphill battle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows many state residents have heard of Common Core and most don’t like what they’ve heard.

Fifty-three percent of those questioned recently said they’ve either heard a great deal or a fair amount about the controversial teaching standards. Thirty percent of those questioned had heard very little about Common Core while 17 percent had either...


Common Core town hall meetings lack specific grievances, officials say
By Samuel Speciale, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Through three town hall meetings where members of the public could air their grievances with Common Core, criticism of West Virginia’s controversial math and English standards has so far only dealt in generalities.

The West Virginia Department of Education, which currently is facilitating a comprehensive review of its Common Core-...