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May-06-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice said he supports “two or three pilot charter schools” in West Virginia.

Earlier that day, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, reiterated his support for both charter schools and education savings accounts (ESAs) in a letter he sent to the Gazette-Mail for publication.

On Tuesday, Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, said the upcoming special legislative...

May-03-2019

Opinion Article by Sonya Ashby, Charleston Gazette-Mail

It’s that time of year again: Monday marks the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week. The last few years have seen teacher wages at the bottom of the barrel, benefits stripped, workloads increased with fewer resources, and a lot of teacher bashing in the West Virginia Legislature and on social media.

My colleagues and I have stood on a picket line twice in the last two years to stop legislation dangerous to public...

May-02-2019

By Brittany Murray, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Though heavily disputed during this year’s regular legislative session, the topic of charter schools will likely be back on the table when the West Virginia Legislature holds its special session.

 “We’re looking at lots of things that relate to school choice,” House Speaker Roger Hanshaw said earlier this week on MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval. “We know this is a topic that has a lot of people...

May-01-2019

By Ryan Quinn/Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Delegate Danny Hamrick resigned Tuesday from his position as House Education Committee chairman at the request of the speaker of the House of Delegates.

“I asked for his resignation earlier this week for a personnel matter that has nothing to do with the upcoming session,” said House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay. The special legislative session on education is expected to begin later this month.

“That’s about as far as...

April-25-2019

House minority leader says special session could be a success — or a mess

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The minority leader of the House of Delegates isn’t yet sure whether a special session focusing on changes to West Virginia’s education system will be a snap or a slog.

“I’ll be honest. I don’t know what to make of things,” Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said in a telephone interview....

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