The Legislature Today: Schools Chief Talks Common Core, Budget Issues


Between a repeal of the Common Core based education standards, a cut in the school aid formula and teacher layoffs, it’s a busy time in education in West Virginia. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano address all three issues in a special extended interview.

Members of the House of Delegates debate amendments to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act while the chamber’s Judiciary Committee considers a bill to require voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot.

In the Senate, lawmakers want to provide severance tax relief to the timber industry, but their amendment to a governor’s bill creates a $2.4 million budget hole for the Division of Forestry.