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Thousands protest GOP legislature at union rally

Thousands of people came to the West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston on Saturday to hear from the leaders of America’s most prominent labor unions at a rally to protest against the agenda of the new Republican majority in the Legislature

For more than two hours, the crowd listened to labor leaders denounce charter schools, “right-to-work” laws, mine safety rollbacks and the revamping of West Virginia’s...


Amanda Pasdon: W.Va. spends too much, is too centralized not to take another look at Common Core

The education provided to our West Virginia students has correctly received attention and action from this session of the West Virginia Legislature. Bipartisan support has been given to bills that are intended to help our students achieve success. Legislators have worked long hours and held public hearings in an attempt to learn from parents, teachers, administrators and...


House committee removes LGBT protections from charter schools bill
By Erin Beck, WV Gazette

 The House Education Committee removed language that included specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and employees from a bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia this week.
LGBT rights advocates say the move was a blatant effort to avoid giving deserved protections to a historically discriminated against group and ensure...


Thousands expected at workers’ rally on Saturday


By Paul J. Nyden

The Charleston Gazette



W.Va. lawmakers nix school funding cuts to 'growth' counties
by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers have rejected Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to cut funding to "growth" county school districts, but concern remains on whether the changes ultimately will be undone.

House Bill 2478, which was reported out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, originally proposed cuts of about $2.5 million in funding allocated to county...