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Serena Starcher to step down as Fayette superintendent
By Douglas Fritz,

The West Virginia Board of Education is looking for a new superintendent of schools in Fayette County. Dr. Serena Starcher has announced she will be stepping down from the position after June 30, 2015. She was appointed to the position after Keith Butcher took over as superintendent of Nicholas County.

Dr. Starcher was appointed as the interim superintendent in July 2014...


Report: W.Va. among three states continuously cutting higher ed funds
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcating

A report released this month by the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at states across the country that cut their higher education budgets in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn.

Three of 50 states did not make cuts to their systems during that time, North Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska.

The report says now...


Commentary: Lawmakers must let educators teach students
By Paul Hodges, For The Charleston Gazette

Here we go again! I was very distressed when I read in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph about Sen. Bill Cole’s intentions to continue pushing for repeal of the Common Core State Standards in West Virginia.

When I first began to talk to teachers concerning Common Core, or as it is known in West Virginia, Next Generation Standards, I heard a frequent refrain, “...


Senate Finance Chairman: Tax reform alone not enough
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After day-long testimony Monday from academics and experts from national organizations, a co-chairman of the legislative Select Committee on Tax Reform said reform ultimately may not mean big cuts or massive shifts in tax obligations.

“There’s a lot of reform we can address that may not seem large but can have impact on those it affects,” Senate...


Statehouse Beat: Many counties can't absorb another tax cut
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette 

Although today marks only the second major meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation, many observers believe that among the taxes subject to the committee’s slashing will be personal property taxes on business inventory and equipment.

Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, for one, has repeatedly told lobbyists the state inventory tax is a...