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Public makes voice heard on West Virginia education omnibus bill


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

From left, Delegate Tom Fast, R-Fayette, and House Majority Whip Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, listen during a public hearing on the education omnibus bill.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — More than 100 parents, teachers, administrators, unions and interest groups signed up to speak Monday in two public hearings on the now-amended Senate education reform package.

The House Finance Committee held two public hearings Monday — one in the morning and one in the evening — to give supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 451 plenty of time to let their voices be heard.

“It is a bad bill for education,” said opponent Karen Nance, a former member of the Cabell County Board of Education. “Every year, this legislature uses the excuse that West Virginia is on the bottom of education nationwide to introduce bills that are supposed to provide sweeping reform. Just because you call it sweeping reform does not make it good reform.”

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