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February 1, 2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state Senate’s education overhaul bill would create something called education savings accounts, which only operate in five other states.

Here’s how the legislation (SB 451) would design West Virginia’s program:

The state would give parents about $3,200 annually to educate each participating child through various means aside from a full-time public education. Those include religious and secular private schooling, online...

February 4, 2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The administrator of a private religious school sponsored a bill that will let students use public dollars to pay to attend private religious schools.

The Senate Education Committee chairwoman, who has home-schooled her five children, sponsored the bill as well, which critics say will taper funds away from cash-strapped public schools.

At least seven of the 18 Republicans who voted to send a comprehensive education overhaul to...

February 5, 2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

After a slog through the West Virginia Senate, a sweeping education reform package is likely to face stiff, if not fatal, resistance in the House of Delegates.

House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the entire 41-person caucus opposes the bill in its current form. Likewise, seven Republicans (six on the House Education Committee) stated their opposition to the bill — in part or in totality — after the ...

February 6, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two controversial parts of a big education bill were removed as the House Education Committee took up the legislation for the first time today.

A non-severability clause was no longer in ...

February 7, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As teachers unions across West Virginia count strike authorization votes, the Speaker of the House of Delegates has called for a public hearing on an education bill under consideration.

The public hearing may be as soon as Monday in the House chamber.

Teachers unions plan to gather Saturday in Flatwoods to tally the local work action votes.

The 129-page education bill hit the House this week and...

February 8, 2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

FLATWOODS, W.Va. — The leadership of the two teacher unions in West Virginia will meet in Flatwoods Saturday to discuss a unified response in connection with the education reform bill working its way through the legislature.

County leaders of the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia have been gathering authorization votes from individual teachers. The results...

February 11, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A surge of speakers addressed West Virginia’s omnibus education bill during the first of two public hearings in the House of Delegates.

With each speaker given 70 seconds, the two-hour event was a bit like speed dating with superintendents, teachers and parents speaking for and against the bill. Another public hearing was set for 5:30 p.m. today.

“I’m thankful for being here this morning, realizing how...

February 14, 2019

Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegates spent hours debating amendments to an omnibus education bill, rejecting a proposal to bump up the number of allowable charter schools as well as one that would establish education savings accounts.

Those were two key but controversial provisions in the bill as it passed over from the state Senate. The Senate majority was enthusiastic about each of those school choice elements.

So if the education...

February 15, 2019

By Lori Kersey, WV Charleston Gazette-Mail

County school boards would have to provide feminine hygiene produces to students who need them under a bill that passed the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on Thursday.

A committee substitute for Senate Bill 86 would require school boards to provide the products to girls in grades 6 through 12...

February 18, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A showdown is about to start on the big education bill.

The state Senate is set to receive the House’s version of the bill on Monday. Then it has three choices: accept the House’s changes, amend the bill or refuse to concur with the House.

 “The provisions the House has changed about the bill trouble us somewhat,” Senate President ...

February 19, 2019

West Virginia teachers unions call strike as Senate brings back charters, ESAs

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers unions called for the second statewide strike in 13 months during an announcement in front of the state Senate on Monday night.

“We are taking action,” said Fred Albert, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, eliciting cheers. “We are given no other choice. As of tomorrow we...