Cabell's Explorer Academy could be compromise in charter schools debate

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By Bishop Nash, the Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON  Education reform dominated a fractured West Virginia Legislature during the regular session and may do so again in an upcoming special session.

But the model set by Explorer Academy — built four years ago completely under the Expeditionary Learning (EL) curriculum, though operated as a normal public elementary school in Cabell County — may be a point of compromise in the state’s ongoing charter schools debate.

At least that’s Delegate Matthew Rohrbach’s hope. The Republican representative from Cabell County toured the Huntington school Thursday along with a delegation of state and county officials, showcasing the EL model in the hope of replicating it throughout West Virginia.