West Virginia


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Bill allowing public charter schools expected to be debated again
Jan 26, 7:09 AM: One of the most controversial bills from last year’s legislative session is expected to be back on the table this week.
Fayette County schools imbroglio divides the communities, officials
Dec 31, 8:37 AM: Fayette County residents can agree on one thing — something must be done to fix the county-wide school facility crisis.
Chamber of Commerce talks charter schools in W.Va.
Dec 4, 7:07 AM: West Virginia is one of seven states in the country that does not allow public charter schools as a form of education.
Students taking virtual courses face early deadline
Mar 26, 7:26 AM: High school students interested in taking online classes offered through the West Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual School program this year will need to sign up by Tuesday or find another way to pay for their >
Governor Leery Of Charter Schools for West Virginia
Mar 24, 6:49 AM: That had been a big Republican push, to get charter schools. West Virginia is a little bit different. Most of the places that have charter schools across the country have bigger metropolitan areas than we do. Being a rural >
Task force to study charter schools
Mar 16, 6:42 AM: A resolution Democrats say was “prepared rather hastily” will create a task force to study the implementation of charter schools.
Bill would provide raises to teachers in low performing schools
Mar 12, 6:49 AM: Teachers at low performing schools in West Virginia are set to receive a pay raise after the state Senate approved a House bill on Wednesday.
Beallsville Group Pursues Second Chance for School
Mar 10, 6:29 AM: A group formed in response to the closure of Beallsville High School will pursue forming a charter school in the community.
GOP: Local control amendment tipped charter school vote
Mar 4, 7:51 AM: A handful of state Senate Republicans say they voted for charter schools legislation Monday only after a significant change was made to the bill.
Charter school bill passed
Mar 3, 7:13 AM: After nearly two hours of debate, the state Senate passed a bill that will enable public charter schools in West Virginia. The vote fell exactly along party lines, 18-16.
House votes to repeal Common Core
Mar 2, 10:23 AM:

House votes to repeal Common Core State Standards. Vote comes day after State Board of Education signals support for Common Core. Opponents criticize aligned content, supporters warn of costly transition and review >

West Virginia Senate Committee Holds Charter School Bill for a Day
Feb 27, 6:27 AM: Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, chair of the Senate Education Committee, requested the bill, which calls for the creation of charter schools, be held for one day and remain on third reading. The Senate unanimously agreed with >
Procedural maneuvers spark battle: Charter school debate ignites Senate uproar
Feb 25, 6:44 AM: A day after Senate Democrats thought they’d effectively killed legislation that would create public charter schools in West Virginia, Republicans retaliated with an obscure Senate rule of their own.
Democrats nix charter schools bill in surprise WV Senate vote
Feb 24, 8:06 AM: Democrats exploited the absence of three Republican senators on Monday by voting down a bill that would have authorized county school boards to form charter schools in West Virginia.
Charter school bill still in Senate with less than 3 weeks left in session
Feb 23, 7:38 AM: The possible creation of charter schools is one of the many issues still pending at the State House as the end of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session looms.  As of Monday, less than three weeks remain before the close of >
Support for charter schools mixed
Feb 20, 12:23 PM: Any substantial interest in creating public charter schools on a local level appears to be minimal even as a bill to allow them in the Mountain State advances through the West Virginia Legislature.
Senate Education Committee approves charter schools bill
Feb 18, 7:10 AM: The West Virginia Senate Education Committee finally approved a charter schools bill Tuesday night, moving past an issue that appeared on its agenda a dozen times.
Lawmakers continue to refine charter schools legislation
Feb 13, 7:41 AM: Attempts to further refine the particulars of a charter school bill, which has been discussed for more than two weeks and remains the Senate Education Committee’s top priority, continued once again on Thursday. >
Senate charter school bill stalls
Feb 11, 7:17 AM: A state Senate bill that would authorize county school boards to form charter schools in West Virginia has stalled in committee, but legislators are certain it will make it to the floor in the next week.
Union Against Charter Schools
Feb 9, 7:26 AM: The union that represents school bus drivers, custodians, maintenance and other school support personnel is opposing a proposal before the Legislature to establish charter schools in West Virginia.



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