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Wade Linger: Leave education standards to the educators

Serving on the state Board of Education for six years, I have seen a lot. In spite of the drubbing the state board has taken during this legislative session, I am proud of our record. We have accomplished reforms that nobody thought possible as recently as five years ago.
Contrary to critics’ claims that the Board of Education doesn’t listen, this board has been very reform-driven. Working with the public,...


Kanawha school board considering employee raises
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

The Kanawha County school board’s proposed budget for next school year includes a 2 percent raise for professional educators like teachers and principals and a 1 percent raise for service workers like cooks and bus drivers.

Superintendent Ron Duerring said the salary increases would be the first across-the-board local raises in about a decade for school employees, who have...


Senate president torn on Common Core legislation
By Chris Lawrence | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va — Senate President Bill Cole admitted on MetroNews Talkline halting the bill which would have killed the Common Core teaching standards in West Virginia was very difficult. The House approved measure fell flat when the Senate allowed two years for state school Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to work on the standards and repair the problems identified by...


Foes speak against amendment stripping protections for LGBT students in charter schools
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

Charter schools were once again the subject of a legislative hearing on Tuesday as union leaders, teachers and other community members raised concerns over a state Senate bill that was amended to remove protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

When the bill passed the Senate last week...


Charter schools debated in House hearing
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A public hearing was held Tuesday morning at the state capitol which involved a heated discussion on the bill that would allow the creation of public charter schools.
If the bill (SB14) is passed, county school boards would be able to establish charter schools that would provide flexibility and creativity in curriculum and instruction. The state Senate approved...