WV lawmakers pass amended version of Justice’s education bill
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
At five minutes to midnight, the end of this year’s regular legislative session, the West Virginia Legislature completed Saturday passing a bill eliminating the current Regional Education Service Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate for public school year calendars to have 180 separate instructional days.
House Bill 2711, which was filed by Gov. Jim Justice and amended by lawmakers, would also ban the current Smarter Balanced standardized tests.
Both houses had passed iterations of the bill but hadn’t yet agreed to a single version until time was almost up. The Senate gave the final vote on the final version: 28-6. Only Democrats voted against it
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