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West Virginia Senate education bill’s proposed education savings accounts explained

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — 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 […]

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Pierpont Community and Technical College president Johnny Moore reacts to free community college bill
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Pierpont Community and Technical College president Johnny Moore reacts to free community college bill

By EDDIE TRIZZINO Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Senate has unanimously passed Senate Bill 284, which would make community college tuition free for students who meet requirements. For community colleges themselves, this bill would be a game changer in terms of enrollment and student potential, as a primary goal, at least […]

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House Energy Committee looks at funding for plugging abandoned oil and gas wells

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W. Va.  — A new bill could help plug abandoned oil and natural gas wells that dot West Virginia’s countryside, but it could hurt the budgets of small counties. The House Energy Committee passed House Bill 2673 Tuesday, creating the Oil and Gas Abandoned Well […]

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Medical marijuana banking fix clears first hurdle in WV House

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Before a House committee passed a bill Thursday designed to fix banking issues with a looming medical marijuana program, lawmakers amended in language to stave off perceived threats from an “overzealous” federal prosecutor. The House Banking and Insurance Committee passed an edited version of House Bill 2538 […]

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West Virginia House passes foster care bill

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After nearly an hour of discussion Thursday, the House of Delegates voted 67-32 to pass a bill making changes to the state’s foster care system. House Bill 2010 includes a provision that moves West Virginia’s foster care children, those receiving adoption assistance, onto the rolls of a […]

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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Friday, Feb. 1
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Friday, Feb. 1

Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 24th Day of the Legislative Session Rotunda and social activities:  Food and Farm Coalition, Upper House Rotunda Cybersecurity Day, (BRIM/State Privacy Office/Office of Technology), Upper Senate Rotunda; WV Physical Therapy Association Day at the Legislature.     SENATE:  Senate to convene at 11 a.m.  On The Agenda RESOLUTIONS   SR […]

In marathon hearing, rare committee discusses charter school, West Virginia education overhaul bill
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In marathon hearing, rare committee discusses charter school, West Virginia education overhaul bill

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — 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 […]

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By January 31, 2019 Read More →

West Virginia BOE votes to oppose certain points of omnibus education bill

By JORDAN NELSON The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) met in emergency session Wednesday to take a stance on the Senate Education Reform Bill, opposing many points within the bill, including charter schools, educations savings accounts and payroll protection. “Given the events that have transpired on Senate Bill 451 […]

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By January 31, 2019 Read More →

West Virginia House committee tables permanent municipal home rule bill

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A committee of the West Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday put the brakes on a bill to make permanent a program that gives cities more freedom to craft ordinances. House Bill 2728 making the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program permanent was tabled by […]

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Media Alert: West Virginia, national education data, graphics available to assist with coverage of Education Reform Act
By January 31, 2019 Read More →

Media Alert: West Virginia, national education data, graphics available to assist with coverage of Education Reform Act

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — To assist media following today’s West Virginia Senate’s discussion and references on Senate Bill 451, comprehensive education reform, the West Virginia Press Association is sharing a link and data from Nations Report Card (NAEP) website. Here is the link to the report andWest Virginia data sheets are listed at the bottom of the […]