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February-14-2019

Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegates spent hours debating amendments to an omnibus education bill, rejecting a proposal to bump up the number of allowable charter schools as well as one that would establish education savings accounts.

Those were two key but controversial provisions in the bill as it passed over from the state Senate. The Senate majority was enthusiastic about each of those school choice elements.

So if the education...

February-11-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A surge of speakers addressed West Virginia’s omnibus education bill during the first of two public hearings in the House of Delegates.

With each speaker given 70 seconds, the two-hour event was a bit like speed dating with superintendents, teachers and parents speaking for and against the bill. Another public hearing was set for 5:30 p.m. today.

“I’m thankful for being here this morning, realizing how...

February-08-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

FLATWOODS, W.Va. — The leadership of the two teacher unions in West Virginia will meet in Flatwoods Saturday to discuss a unified response in connection with the education reform bill working its way through the legislature.

County leaders of the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia have been gathering authorization votes from individual teachers. The results...

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 ...

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