WV Legislature likely to address teacher seniority issue
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia House Education Committee’s vice chairman expects a bill that would remove the statewide mandate that public school teachers with the least amount of seniority automatically lose their positions when job cuts are made in a particular teaching area to be considered in the impending legislative session.
Vice Chairman Joe Statler, R-Monongalia, also said he expects the revival of legislation that would allow families to put public funding toward private schooling and home schooling, though this “education savings accounts” legislation would be limited to just special education students this time. And he expects the resuscitation of a bill that would erase the state Department of Education and the Arts and divide its agencies into other departments.