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March-11-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Saturday marked the end of this year’s regular legislative session, much of which focused on education.

That was mostly because of the education overhaul bill (Senate Bill 451), in which Republican leaders bundled their promised public school worker pay raises with many other things, including legalizing charter schools and funding about 400 more student support personnel, like social workers and psychologists.

The House of...

March-08-2019

By Brad McElhinny 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The proposed House of Delegates budget establishes a $67 million line item for educators’ pay raises but doesn’t yet allocate the money.

The allocation would come after a special session ...

March-07-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia legislators are lined up to pass a budget in the next day or so, holding off on a teacher pay raise and other changes to the public school system until work is done in a special session.

Talk of a special session has swirled for days at the Capitol, and Gov. Jim Justice announced it in ...

March-06-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Maneuvering over a pay raise for teachers and school staff continued in the state Senate.

The Senate voted 18-14, with two absences, to amend its version of the state budget into the House of Delegates’ version on Tuesday evening. The House version includes a teacher pay raise. The Senate version does not...

March-05-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice said he will play a more direct role in legislative budget discussions, particularly relating to a teacher pay raise that he has backed for months.

“What I want to do is to try to bring everybody together, if it be a special session or whatever it be and try to make some real progress,” Justice said during a midday press conference.

The governor said he will talk to each caucus,...

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