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Martirano, state board recommend repeal of Next Gen/Common Core
By Jeff Jenkins | Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted Friday to put out for a 30-day public comment period new academic standards that would replace the controversial West Virginia Next Generation Standards tied to Common Core along with recommending significant changes in standardized testing.

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael...


Statehouse Beat: Level of anger at PEIA hearing new
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

 I’ve covered many Public Employees Insurance Agency public hearings over the years, but I’ve never seen this level of anger and frustration among teachers, public employees and retirees over the proposed $120 million of benefits cuts — which doesn’t bode well for the Legislature.

Many of the speakers at the Charleston hearing, particularly those representing teachers’...


Public employees rally against PEIA cuts in Beckley
By Lindsay Oliver, WVVA Multimedia Journalist

BECKLEY (WVVA) - Hundreds of public employees flooded Beckley Thursday night to fight against an increase in health care insurance costs.

Representatives from West Virginia's Public Employees Insurance Agency, or PEIA, held a public hearing to discuss cuts to the program.

PEIA is a non-profit state agency that told the crowd that they have no choice...


State board to consider Common Core standards revisions, testing reductions
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is recommending that the state Board of Education take previous reductions in science and social studies standardized testing and make them permanent, while still determining what to do with the Common Core-based math and English language arts standards.

Clayton Burch, the department’s chief...


Mike Hall: PEIA conversation starts with Tomblin
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Teachers, public employees and retirees made clear at Tuesday’s Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board public hearing that they want the Legislature to increase funding for PEIA to alleviate a planned $120 million in benefit cuts.

However, Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said Wednesday that any decision to increase state funding for PEIA...