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February-07-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As teachers unions across West Virginia count strike authorization votes, the Speaker of the House of Delegates has called for a public hearing on an education bill under consideration.

The public hearing may be as soon as Monday in the House chamber.

Teachers unions plan to gather Saturday in Flatwoods to tally the local work action votes.

The 129-page education bill hit the House this week and...

February-06-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two controversial parts of a big education bill were removed as the House Education Committee took up the legislation for the first time today.

A non-severability clause was no longer in ...

February-05-2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

After a slog through the West Virginia Senate, a sweeping education reform package is likely to face stiff, if not fatal, resistance in the House of Delegates.

House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the entire 41-person caucus opposes the bill in its current form. Likewise, seven Republicans (six on the House Education Committee) stated their opposition to the bill — in part or in totality — after the ...

February-04-2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The administrator of a private religious school sponsored a bill that will let students use public dollars to pay to attend private religious schools.

The Senate Education Committee chairwoman, who has home-schooled her five children, sponsored the bill as well, which critics say will taper funds away from cash-strapped public schools.

At least seven of the 18 Republicans who voted to send a comprehensive education overhaul to...

February-01-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state Senate’s education overhaul bill would create something called education savings accounts, which only operate in five other states.

Here’s how the legislation (SB 451) would design West Virginia’s program:

The state would give parents about $3,200 annually to educate each participating child through various means aside from a full-time public education. Those include religious and secular private schooling, online...

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