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Martirano takes questions on Common Core during “Talkline” appearance
By Jeff Jenkins in News | July 16, 2015 at 1:40PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano took calls from across the state Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.” Martirano addressed the Common Core (Next Generation) teaching standards that have caused lots of debate in West Virginia.

Martirano spent time explaining Common Core.

“It’s a set of standards in...


State improves pension rankings
By Samuel Speciale, Capitol reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

The country’s public employee pension funding shortfall is set to eclipse $1 trillion, according to new research from the Pew Charitable Trust, but the study has found that states like West Virginia have made significant moves since the 2008 recession to close that gap.

According to the report, released Tuesday and presented to state retirement officials on...


Ohio County school board ditches phone-in meeting option
By Associated Press wire and staff reports

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Ohio County Board of Education has ended the practice of allowing members to call in to meetings, collecting $160 for participating each time they do.

The Intelligencer reports that the board voted 3-2 Monday to abolish the policy.The school district’s attorney and the board consulted the state Ethics Commission ahead of the vote....


Dr. Elaine Heffner: Control or educate?
The Mineral Daily News-Tribune

A question that surfaces in discussions about education and one also raised by parents is how to deal with children who are difficult to manage or control. Parents may speak of children “not listening” or who are given to temper outbursts. Teachers also speak of children who are inattentive, provocative and confrontational.

Too often, such children are pegged as having attention...


Rep. McKinley desires more local control in education
By Alex Wiederspiel, MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill by a 218-213 vote last Wednesday that reauthorizes No Child Left Behind, but could threaten the standards known as Common Core.

This is the first reauthorization of No Child Left Behind since 2007.

Republican David McKinley (WV-1) was one of the 218 members of the House to vote for that...