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As WV public schools struggle, GOP leaders talk up other options
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Though details of possible bills are vague, some Republicans are suggesting the GOP-controlled Legislature will again this year consider legislation that would support educational options outside of the traditional kindergarten-12th-grade public school system, like homeschooling, charter schooling and state-subsidized private schooling. The last of the three was featured at an interim meeting last month.

“There does seem to be considerable interest in expanding educational choice in West Virginia,” said Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson.

Espinosa, who will continue as the House Education Committee chairman in the upcoming legislative session, noted Friday that his committee members hadn’t yet been set, and he still wants time to speak with them and the broader GOP caucus about bill priorities.

Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio and the upcoming Senate majority leader, has expressed support for more “school choice” options, but he didn’t return the Gazette-Mail’s requests for more information last week on what, specifically, he wants.

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