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Friday, January 19, 2018

The Legislature wrapped up its first full week of session today. The House Education Committee heard from Dr. Steven Paine, state superintendent, and his staff regarding the WVDE’s yearly budget. Following the Education Committee, the House and the Senate both gaveled in for the day.

Also of note, yesterday (1/18) afternoon the Senate Government Organization Committee passed Senate Bill 267, which would give a 1% raise to teachers and school service employees. This bill was introduced by Senate President Carmichael at the request of Governor Justice. Senate Bill 267 now moves to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

It was a slow day in the Legislature that included a meeting of the Senate Education Committee.

The Committee heard two pieces of legislation specifically regarding higher education. The first, Senate Bill 284, which was offered as Committee substitute which deals with grants to community and technical college as well as partnerships between community and technical colleges and secondary schools.

The second bill, Senate Bill 83, would require that higher education course catalogs include information such as employment rate and compensation to aid students in area of study. The bill would create a program where higher education institutions would accept less funding in return for incentives bonuses relating student graduation and employment numbers.

Both bills were held until a later meeting due to scheduling of the Senate Finance Committee and will be further examined the following Tuesday.

Tomorrow, the House Education Committee meets at 9:00AM to hear the WVDE's annual budget. 


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The House Education Committee met twice today, with their 2:00PM meeting taking up three pieces of legislation. Of note, House Joint Resolution 103 calls for the election of the state Board of Education (6 of the proposed 9 members) in addition to making any Board of Education policy changes be approved by the Legislature. HJR 103 passed the committee with a 13-8 vote and now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

Also heard by the Committee was House Bill 4006 which makes many changes to code including: eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts, thus eliminating the Center for Professional Development, and moving professional development to the local level. A vote was taken to further study the bill by a subcommittee, but failed. The committee continued to raise questions about the bill after the vote to further study the bill, and eventually passed House Bill 4006 with amendments. The bill will now be reviewed by the House Finance Committee. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Another slow day at the capitol. The Senate Education Committee met to consider Senate Bill 62 which allows counties to hire individuals with professional administrative certificates and 5 years of experience as attendance directors. Senate Bill 62 passed through the Education Committee, and is now up for further conversation in the full Senate.

Tomorrow, the House Education Committee meets at 9:00AM and 2:00PM.