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West Virginia teachers unions call strike as Senate brings back charters, ESAs

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers unions called for the second statewide strike in 13 months during an announcement in front of the state Senate on Monday night.

“We are taking action,” said Fred Albert, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, eliciting cheers. “We are given no other choice. As of tomorrow we...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A showdown is about to start on the big education bill.

The state Senate is set to receive the House’s version of the bill on Monday. Then it has three choices: accept the House’s changes, amend the bill or refuse to concur with the House.

 “The provisions the House has changed about the bill trouble us somewhat,” Senate President ...


By Lori Kersey, WV Charleston Gazette-Mail

County school boards would have to provide feminine hygiene produces to students who need them under a bill that passed the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on Thursday.

A committee substitute for Senate Bill 86 would require school boards to provide the products to girls in grades 6 through 12...


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...


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...