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February-01-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state Senate’s education overhaul bill would create something called education savings accounts, which only operate in five other states.

Here’s how the legislation (SB 451) would design West Virginia’s program:

The state would give parents about $3,200 annually to educate each participating child through various means aside from a full-time public education. Those include religious and secular private schooling, online...

January-31-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A rarely seen mega-committee comprised of the entire state Senate pored over 133 pages, line by line, of a bill that would overhaul West Virginia’s education system.

For the fourth time in state history, the Senate dissolved into a “Committee of the Whole” on Wednesday to consider an omnibus education bill (Senate Bill 451) that would enable charter schools, education savings accounts, and a flurry of other changes in the state.

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January-30-2019

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, released a statement Monday saying his unorthodox approach to passing a massive, confusing bill on education reform by having it skip the Senate Finance Committee is an effort toward transparency.

That’s not the truth, and Carmichael knows it.

Before the legislative session began, Carmichael removed Sen. Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, replacing him with Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson. This...

January-29-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice said lawmakers should run his proposed pay raise bill for teachers and other public employees by itself.

“I just wish my bill would be considered and this omnibus bill would be out of the way,” Justice said during a news conference today.

He did not say he would veto the bill.

“First of all, I don’t think it will ever come through in the condition it’s in.”

But pressed...

January-28-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Just a few minutes after a coalition of educators asked to slow down a broad-ranging education bill for a full hearing, the Senate majority voted to bypass what normally would have been the next step in the committee process.

The education bill instead will be considered by the full Senate, acting as a committee.

Debate over the motion made by Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, lasted about...

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