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May-08-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is recommending no education savings account vouchers and, if charter schools are legalized, banning for-profit and virtual ones.

The department released those recommendations Tuesday in a report, available online at wvde.us/edvoices. Neither vouchers nor charter schools made the department’s four “top priorities,” which are:

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May-07-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report resulting from education forums around the state may serve as a launching point for an upcoming legislative special session.

“I think it needs to be the foundation of a special session on education,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said today on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

The report is available here.

The report, called “West...

May-06-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said he supports “two or three pilot charter schools” in West Virginia.

Earlier that day, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, reiterated his support for both charter schools and education savings accounts (ESAs) in a letter he sent to the Gazette-Mail for publication.

On Tuesday, Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, said the upcoming special legislative...

May-03-2019

Opinion Article by Sonya Ashby, Charleston Gazette-Mail

It’s that time of year again: Monday marks the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week. The last few years have seen teacher wages at the bottom of the barrel, benefits stripped, workloads increased with fewer resources, and a lot of teacher bashing in the West Virginia Legislature and on social media.

My colleagues and I have stood on a picket line twice in the last two years to stop legislation dangerous to public...

May-02-2019

By Brittany Murray, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Though heavily disputed during this year’s regular legislative session, the topic of charter schools will likely be back on the table when the West Virginia Legislature holds its special session.

 “We’re looking at lots of things that relate to school choice,” House Speaker Roger Hanshaw said earlier this week on MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval. “We know this is a topic that has a lot of people...

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