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July-18-2019

By Steven Allen Adams, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON — Both bodies of the West Virginia Legislature plan to resume the special session next week coinciding with regularly scheduled interim meetings to pass supplemental bills.

The state Senate announced Wednesday that it will resume the special session Tuesday, July 23, at noon. The House of Delegates will resume the special session Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m.

The special session was called March 9, the day...

July-17-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates has two new top leaders on the Education Committee.

Delegate Joe Ellington, who had been the chairman of Health and Human Resources, has been named the new Education Committee chairman. Ellington, 60 is a Republican from Mercer County. He is also an obstetrician-gynecologist in Princeton.

The vice-chairman is Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam.

Education issues have been a focus...

July-16-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw announced Monday he’s called delegates back into special session to finish up some work that it didn’t get to last month.

The special session will resume Monday, July 22, at noon. That’s the same day state lawmakers are scheduled to be at the state capitol for monthly interim committee meetings.

House Communications Director Jared Hunt said House leadership plans...

July-12-2019

By Sally Ho, The Washington Post

SEATTLE — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch’s powerful network that’s known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer money.

Koch in June announced the Yes Every Kid initiative as the latest addition to his sprawling network of wealthy donors, political groups and tax...

July-11-2019

WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Like a prizefighter slumped in the corner of the ring, West Virginia’s embattled education reform law will have to answer another bell in coming weeks.

The West Virginia Education Association announced Wednesday it intends to sue the state over the recent passage of a bill, which it says is unconstitutional while going beyond the will of the people.

“Well, we think the whole thing violates West Virginia’s Constitution,”...

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