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State school board approves revised A-F policy
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Against opposition from teachers unions and school administrator groups, the West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday approved a revised policy that will give entire schools A-F grades based largely on their students’ scores — and growth in scores — on the statewide Smarter Balanced standardized tests.

No nays were heard in the voice vote, for which Gayle...


Tomblin vetoes budget bill, but announces agreement with Senate on plan 
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the budget bill Wednesday passed last week by the state legislature and announced he’s reached a bipartisan agreement with the state Senate on what the new budget should look like just more than three weeks from a possible government shutdown.

Tomblin struck down the budget bill in its entirety. He opposed...


WVEA opposes state Board of Education’s passage of A-F school grading policy 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WVEA strongly disagrees with the West Virginia Board of Education’s passage today of its A-F school grading policy (Policy 2320), as this unnecessary program will perpetuate the idea that many of our public schools are failing even though that is not the case.

Beginning this fall, schools will receive an A, B, C, D or F grade based on a scoring system approved by...


Hoppy's Commentary: West Virginia Budget 3.0
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

Governor Tomblin will pull out his veto pen this week for the budget plan sent to him by the Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Delegates.  Chris Stadelman, Tomblin’s Director of Communications, left no doubt in an interview on Talkline last Friday that Tomblin would trash the document.

“It’s completely unworkable,” said Stadelman.  “It’s an irresponsible plan and...


Lawmakers look for path forward with budget veto expected
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State lawmakers could be back at the state capitol before the end of the week to resume work on a new state budget. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to veto the budget bill passed by the House of Delegates and state Senate last Thursday.

Sen. Charles Trump (R-Morgan) voted for the budget but would like to see less money taken out of the Rainy Day Fund. The budget bill...