RESAs still might request money for next year despite dissolution order
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Gov. Jim Justice’s education bill, which he signed into law last month, cut $3.7 million from West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies and ordered their dismantlement — at least in name.
Although House Bill 2711 cut the agencies’ funding, it also said they could continue to exist until school boards of the counties within them either form a cooperative agreement changing them, decide to dissolve them or July 1, 2018, came along, when the agencies would have to dissolve if school boards hadn’t yet made a decision.
Now, despite the cut, the agencies might ask Justice and the Legislature to provide them with money next fiscal year, until they either dissolve or are transformed into the law’s newly allowed “educational services cooperatives.”