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WV MetroNews

December 7, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate Education Committee chairperson is eager to change West Virginia’s charter school guidelines, and she believes the Republican-led Legislature will approve alterations.

“I do believe that this was something that was a priority for us. We really feel very strongly that we should be open to new things and trying to find what works,” Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, said. “I think everyone understands that there are some things that we might need to fix in order for this to be a viable option.”

Rucker’s comments last week on “MetroNews Talkline” come in the wake of school boards in Monongalia and Preston counties rejecting an application for West Virginia Academy, which would have been the state’s first charter school.

Monongalia County education leaders told MetroNews there were questions about the submission and if the institution would be offering anything different from existing institutions.

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