WV Legislature passes bill allowing charters, raising teacher pay

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By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Legislature finished passing a much-amended version of the omnibus education bill Monday, sending it to Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who has said he will sign it.

Justice’s signature on House Bill 206 would open West Virginia to its first charter schools. That would be one of many effects of the sweeping legislation.

The Senate voted 18-16 Monday to pass HB 206, which is similar to Senate Bill 1039, which senators passed early this month. The House didn’t push forward with SB 1039.


Instead, House Republicans, last week, passed HB 206, which includes some significant departures from SB 1039, such as dropping the Senate’s anti-strike provisions.