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May-09-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Debra Sullivan told her fellow West Virginia Board of Education members Wednesday that she was perplexed, a word she repeated, alarmed and concerned about a state school board “finance” committee suddenly adding lawmakers as members and discussing non-finance-related topics.

“I was perplexed and dismayed to see that there was a policy committee established without our knowledge, without our opportunity for input,” Sullivan said.

It’...

May-08-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is recommending no education savings account vouchers and, if charter schools are legalized, banning for-profit and virtual ones.

The department released those recommendations Tuesday in a report, available online at wvde.us/edvoices. Neither vouchers nor charter schools made the department’s four “top priorities,” which are:

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May-07-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report resulting from education forums around the state may serve as a launching point for an upcoming legislative special session.

“I think it needs to be the foundation of a special session on education,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said today on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

The report is available here.

The report, called “West...

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...

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