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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...


By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislating shouldn’t be this hard.

In the textbook version, one identifies a problem, comes up with a series of possible solutions to the problem, and determines which solution has the best chance of gaining consensus among members.

Legislating shouldn’t require stealth, sleight-of-hand, intimidation, deception, arm-twisting and manipulation.


Still, you’ve got to hand it to House Speaker Roger Hanshaw...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Mitch Carmichael says lawmakers will be back early next week to take up and pass an omnibus education bill.

“I look forward to calling us back in on Monday, perhaps would be the earliest,” Carmichael said today on MetroNews’ “Talkline.” “We’ll just have to see the condition of the bill.”

The omnibus education bill passed the House of Delegates earlier this week.

The bill includes...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

You may have seen this pro-school vouchers television ad recently, in advance of Monday’s 8:30 a.m. reconvening of West Virginia’s special legislative session on education.

A picture of Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under President George W. Bush, appears, alongside audio of her saying “when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you’re going to get a good education, something has gone very, very wrong.”

An image...


Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a news conference called Monday to denounce former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million pledge to an initiative to fight climate change, Gov. Jim Justice went off on multiple tangents, including his feud with West Virginia Senate Republicans, his thoughts on education reform and legal issues involving his private businesses.

In his first public comments since Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, ran campaign ads in...