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Berkeley County teachers, staff sound alarm on West Virginia omnibus education bill


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Jessica Salfia, who teaches English at Spring Mills High School, was among those who spoke out during the Berkeley County Schools board of education meeting against the education bill under consideration in the state Legislature.
(Journal photo by Michael Neary)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Teachers, staff members and board members sounded piercing alarms at the Berkeley County Schools’ board of education meeting Monday night regarding the education bill moving through the state Legislature.

“To be frank, this bill is dangerous,” said Jessica Salfia, who teaches English at Spring Mills High School, during the Citizens’ Forum portion of the meeting. She was among three teachers and a staff member who spoke.

Salfia and others voiced concern about many aspects of the bill, but one aspect that surfaced several times is the portion that would create Education Saving Accounts, which would allow families to use public education dollars for private schools and for homeschooling. It is frequently referred to as “school choice.”

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