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2 percent of kids didn't take Smarter Balanced; 'refusals' an issue in Wayne, Tucker
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Only about 2 percent of eligible West Virginia students didn’t take the state’s standardized tests in math and English/language arts last school year, according to the state Department of Education, suggesting the Mountain State largely avoided the Common Core exam “opt out” movement seen in other states.

West Virginia also...


Justice, Cole discuss budget cuts and state economy
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Two announced candidates for governor spent time in Parkersburg Thursday meeting with officials and supporters.

State Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer) and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice, promoted jobs, education and the economy at separate events.

Cole spoke about the four percent cuts issued by Gov. Earl...


Duane Goossen: Buyer beware in WV, as in Kansas
By Duane Goossen, For the Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginians, watch out! Arthur Laffer visited recently to give you advice about taxes and the West Virginia economy. He said that if your lawmakers would just get rid of state income taxes, especially for the wealthy, your state economy would prosper.

Laffer is a conservative economist who for years has traveled the nation trying to sell the idea that...


Drops in funding, enrollment lead to possible Boone schools closure
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In response to declining enrollment and lower property tax collections, the Boone County schools superintendent wants to close three of the county’s 10 elementary schools.

John Hudson said Wharton Elementary, which would merge with Van Elementary, will host a hearing at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2; Nellis Elementary, which would consolidate with Ashford-...


Police chief, teachers honored for response to Philippi hostage situation
By Ryan Petrovich,

Tonight in Barbour County, Philippi City Council honored individuals who played a key role in the Phillip-Barbour High School hostage situation that happened a couple months ago.

Police Chief Jeff Walters and teachers Jennifer Swift and Twila Smith were honored for their bravery and composure during that frightening day. Swift and Smith were not on hand...