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The Republican supermajority in the West Virginia Legislature is on a roll, to be sure.

They advanced a bill attempting to provide near-blanket immunity to anyone that might have a liability issue or a chance of being sued as a result of COVID-19. This was on the same day Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state had discovered 168 previously unreported deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill has been adjusted somewhat, but those who champion it as “pro-business” or...


Remember when Elmer Fudd would declare with glee that it was finally “Wabbit season?” Such is the enthusiasm that lawmakers are showing as retaliatory bills that bash educators, hurt students and rob public schools of resources sail through the West Virginia Legislature.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic barreled into our lives, our driving concern has been and continues to be the safety of our students, their families and educators. The pandemic has shown the true value of public school...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

February 24, 2021

The West Virginia Board of Education is ordering all counties to return to offering students in grades preK-8 in-person instruction five days a week. It nearly ends the era of limited in-person teaching that began almost a year ago because of COVID-19.

The regular schedule of five days per week must start March 3, the state school board ordered Tuesday. County school systems still may keep their...


CHARLESTON – West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee addressed the West Virginia State Board of Education this morning during a special meeting to discuss in-person instruction options following Governor Jim Justice’s executive order for full-time in-person instruction to resume in elementary and middle schools. High school in-person instruction continues to be determined by the COVID-19 map color.

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic barreled into our lives,...


By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

February 22, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday morning to discuss “in-person instruction options.”

The meeting follows Gov. Jim Justice’s new executive order allowing for full-time in-person instruction to resume in the state’s elementary and...