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June 4, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House of Delegates leaders aren’t immediately embracing an omnibus education bill passed out of the Senate, but the House majority whip is mincing no words about the role of the governor.

“With all due respect to the governor, his lack of leadership on public education reform has been disappointing,” said Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson.

The state Senate passed a broad-reaching education bill during...

June 5, 2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates will have to decide what to do with the ”Student Success Act” (Senate Bill 1039)that the state Senate passed Monday.

Both chambers are Republican controlled, but Republican delegates weren’t unified behind the “omnibus” education bill (Senate Bill 451)...

June 6, 2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s new-look campaign finance law goes into effect Friday, which, among other things, will increase campaign donation limits to match federal levels.

Senate Bill 622 increases individual contributions to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800 per election, up to $5,000 for political action committees and $...

June 7, 2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

MINERAL WELLS — It started as a town hall for Gov. Jim Justice to build GOP unity behind his re-election bid.

He criticized those who malign him for “not being Republican enough.” He called on them not to cast stones.

He then proceeded to bash the Senate president for his charge to bring charter schools and education savings accounts into West Virginia, which he compared to “causing a ruckus” and throwing a Hail...

June 11, 2019

Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a news conference called Monday to denounce former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million pledge to an initiative to fight climate change, Gov. Jim Justice went off on multiple tangents, including his feud with West Virginia Senate Republicans, his thoughts on education reform and legal issues involving his private businesses.

In his first public comments since Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, ran campaign ads in...

June 18, 2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

You may have seen this pro-school vouchers television ad recently, in advance of Monday’s 8:30 a.m. reconvening of West Virginia’s special legislative session on education.

A picture of Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under President George W. Bush, appears, alongside audio of her saying “when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you’re going to get a good education, something has gone very, very wrong.”

An image...

June 21, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Mitch Carmichael says lawmakers will be back early next week to take up and pass an omnibus education bill.

“I look forward to calling us back in on Monday, perhaps would be the earliest,” Carmichael said today on MetroNews’ “Talkline.” “We’ll just have to see the condition of the bill.”

The omnibus education bill passed the House of Delegates earlier this week.

The bill includes...

June 24, 2019

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislating shouldn’t be this hard.

In the textbook version, one identifies a problem, comes up with a series of possible solutions to the problem, and determines which solution has the best chance of gaining consensus among members.

Legislating shouldn’t require stealth, sleight-of-hand, intimidation, deception, arm-twisting and manipulation.

 

Still, you’ve got to hand it to House Speaker Roger Hanshaw...

June 25, 2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Legislature finished passing a much-amended version of the omnibus education bill Monday, sending it to Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who has said he will sign it.

Justice’s signature on House Bill 206 would open West Virginia to its first charter schools. That would be one of many effects of the sweeping legislation.

The Senate voted 18-16 Monday to pass HB 206, which is similar to Senate Bill 1039, which senators...

June 26, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN – Following the Senate’s passage of the omnibus education bill, Senate President Mitch Carmichael is confident a county board of education will take the next step to authorize the establishment of West Virginia’s first charter school.

The West Virginia Senate approved HB 206 18-16, along a party-line vote Monday night. Like previous versions, the bill includes a variety of proposed changes to the education system,...

June 28, 2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency is on solid financial footing for now, but is keeping a close eye on a trend of people leaving their school or state positions.

During a PEIA Finance Board meeting on Thursday, agency officials including director Ted Cheatham acknowledged watching the effects of a shrinking pool of members.

The number is a couple thousand a year, Cheatham said.

On the one...