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West Virginia Senate unveils education reform package


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Hank Hager, counsel for the Senate Education Committee, walks lawmakers through the 139-page education omnibus bill.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Republicans in the West Virginia Senate introduced an education package that gives teachers many of the things they’ve been seeking but ties those things to items Republicans and education reform advocates have longed wanted.

The Senate Education Committee looked at a draft of an originating bill Thursday that some are calling the education omnibus bill. Rumors of the bill’s introduction have swirled all week, with teachers’ union groups sending letters to lawmakers Tuesday demanding they oppose the legislation even before it was seen.

“This is a vision that’s been worked on with input from many,” said Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson. “We have been grateful to get information, ideas, and suggestions from folks at the county superintendent level. Even our school board and (Higher Education Policy Commission).”

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