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Carmichael confident charter schools will be authorized

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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, including pay raises, charter schools, increased support personnel for schools, open enrollment, incentives to fill in-demand positions and financial support for small or struggling counties.

It also includes the phase-in of charter schools in the Mountain State for the first time.

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