What's in the Student Success Act?

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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) that senators pushed during the regular legislative session.

The House killed SB 451 and Republican Gov. Jim Justice allowed a special legislative session on education. Republican senators have used that session to pass the similar SB 1039.


The House is set to reconvene for the special session on June 17. It has created four “select committees on education reform” for this session.

House leaders might try to pass SB 1039 or dismantle it and attempt to pass parts of it as separate bills. Delegates also might pass unrelated education bills. Senators would have to agree to any changes for the bills to become law.

The Gazette-Mail explained SB 1039 in an Education Overhaul Bill Guide, but the legislation saw some significant changes by the time the Senate passed it Monday. So, here’s a new version of the guide.