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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...

January-31-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A rarely seen mega-committee comprised of the entire state Senate pored over 133 pages, line by line, of a bill that would overhaul West Virginia’s education system.

For the fourth time in state history, the Senate dissolved into a “Committee of the Whole” on Wednesday to consider an omnibus education bill (Senate Bill 451) that would enable charter schools, education savings accounts, and a flurry of other changes in the state.

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January-30-2019

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, released a statement Monday saying his unorthodox approach to passing a massive, confusing bill on education reform by having it skip the Senate Finance Committee is an effort toward transparency.

That’s not the truth, and Carmichael knows it.

Before the legislative session began, Carmichael removed Sen. Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, replacing him with Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson. This...

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