Justice targets education 'bureaucrats,' but plan not yet released
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
At least as far as education goes, Gov. Jim Justice’s inauguration speech Monday was surprising — given the fact he was short on specifics during his campaign.
“Today, I have an education plan right here,” the Democrat said, holding up a blue booklet, “that I’m going to submit immediately for people to review. It’s going to be the elimination of a bunch of unnecessary agencies, it’s going to be a look at education in a different way that has never been looked at for a long, long, long time.”
Releasing the plan “immediately” apparently didn’t mean Monday, nor Tuesday, when the Gazette-Mail — and apparently others — requested it.
“We’ll get it finalized, and that’s when we’ll put it out there,” Butch Antolini, Justice’s communications director, said Tuesday, after Justice press secretary Grant Herring didn’t respond to requests Monday.
“We’ve had a number of requests for that, and it’s being worked on,” Antolini said.
He said Justice chief of staff Nick Casey was working on it, but didn’t have a date for when it would be released.
The heads of the West Virginia Senate, House of Delegates and Board of Education said late Tuesday that they haven’t yet seen the plan nor heard specifics from it. Regardless, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said they liked what they heard during the speech.