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Jorea Marple: WV has one long-term economic solution – education
By Jorea Marple

What leaders like most to do is whip up a smoke screen or diversion that negates their responsibility of dealing with the real causes that need to be addressed in public education in West Virginia.

A great recent example is the hullabaloo around the Next Generation Standards (Common Core aligned) in West Virginia.

The question is should we be spending unnecessary money...


Denise Giardina: Daily Mail oblivious to irony, value of unions

The January 18 edition of the Daily Mail’s editorial page featured not one, but two editorials supporting so-called “right-to-work” legislation. It is clear the editors know nothing of the contributions of unions to the well-being of this nation and its people, nothing about the way unions function, and nothing about the long roller coaster of gains and losses for working (and middle-class) people in this...


WV lawmakers seek to ease home-school regulations 
By Eric Eyre, Statehouse Reporter \ WV Gazette-Mail

For the second consecutive year, state lawmakers are seeking to ease restrictions on home-school students in West Virginia.

One bill (HB 4175) would remove the requirement that home-school students secure a GED diploma to qualify for the Promise Scholarship, which provides $4,750 a year in college tuition.

“We’re trying to streamline the process...


Stagnant salaries, benefit cuts would be ‘perfect storm’ for teachers
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter

A combination of no salary increases and $120 million in health insurance benefits cuts would create a “perfect storm” for teachers in West Virginia, the state superintendent of schools said Monday.

“When we’re number 47 in the nation for starting teachers’ salaries, we’re way behind the starting line to compete,” Michael Martirano said following the...


Nicholas County superintendent's snow day song goes viral
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

It's not uncommon for school administrators like Nicholas County Superintendent Keith Butcher to get creative when announcing snow days. The attention that comes after, however, can be unexpected.

Butcher, who in recent days became an Internet sensation for his snow day rendition of Adele's pop hit “Hello,” is dealing with newfound celebrity,...