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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.


Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.