WV Senate president: ‘We’re going to run’ governor’s K-12 bill
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
The chairman of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee abruptly pulled Gov. Jim Justice’s wide-ranging K-12 education bill from his committee’s meeting agenda on Wednesday and said the bill is “dead.”
But after the action and comments by Chairman Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, Wednesday morning, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the bill (HB2711) would be back on a Senate Education committee agenda Thursday morning.
Time is running short: this year’s regular legislative session ends Saturday at midnight.
“We’re not letting that bill die,” Carmichael said.
He said that since the morning committee meeting, GOP Senate leadership had tried to persuade the committee members to work together.
He said there was a lack of time during the committee meeting and there were concerns about amendments related to the Regional Education Service Agencies and the Common Core standards, “so we’re working those differences out prior to the committee meeting.”
“Rather than fight about it in committee, you know, work it out,” Carmichael said. “It’s not like a back-room deal or anything, but we’re just trying to understand everybody’s concerns.”
Among other things, the bill would eliminate the eight Regional Education Services Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate that public school year calendars have at least 180 separate instructional days.