Legislature

WV Senate GOP OKs nonpublic-school vouchers; Dems don’t suggest changes
By June 4, 2019 Read More →

WV Senate GOP OKs nonpublic-school vouchers; Dems don’t suggest changes

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate passed Monday a taxpayer-funded private education vouchers bill after the Senate Democrats, in the minority, didn’t propose any amendments and joined their Republican colleagues to allow the bill to pass a day early. The 18-15 final Senate vote on the bill mirrored the one […]

By June 4, 2019 Read More →

Stealing governor’s thunder, WV Senate releases strong May revenue report

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — May was another strong month for state tax collections, with collections of $380.9 million topping estimates by $46.38 million, or 14 percent. Strong income tax and severance tax collections, which combined came in $32.04 million ahead of estimates, accounted for much of the positive revenue report — which […]

Raleigh delegates say WV education reform will be debated piece by piece
By June 4, 2019 Read More →

Raleigh delegates say WV education reform will be debated piece by piece

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After the West Virginia Senate passed two controversial bills Monday, one on comprehensive education reform and another allowing education savings accounts, two Raleigh County delegates are confident the measures will be thoroughly vetted on the House side.  “We fully intend on these issues standing and falling on their own merits […]

By June 3, 2019 Read More →

WV Senate passes bill with sweeping education changes

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a new, sweeping education bill that would, among many other things, legalize charter schools, raise public school worker pay, increase public school funding in other areas, ban county superintendents from closing schools in anticipation of strikes and lower the amount […]

By June 3, 2019 Read More →

Student Success Act amended, up for vote today in West Virginia Senate

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate returned Sunday to amend the Student Success Act, moving the bill to third reading and passage this morning. There were seven amendments to Senate Bill 1039 awaiting senators for the 2 p.m. floor session Sunday. All but one were […]

Carmichael: ‘Student Success Act’ only way to fix state’s education system
By May 31, 2019 Read More →

Carmichael: ‘Student Success Act’ only way to fix state’s education system

By JORDAN NELSON The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, says his newly introduced Student Success Act is the key to fixing the state’s education system.  In a press conference Thursday morning, Carmichael spouted statistics, placing West Virginia well below the belt when it comes to education.  National statistics show […]

Mental health programs sought by educators, West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke
By May 30, 2019 Read More →

Mental health programs sought by educators, West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Educators are pushing for school mental health programs — like one that exists in Ohio County Schools — to be expanded across West Virginia. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, is facilitating an effort to make mental health care in schools a priority in the […]

W.Va. Senate to resume education special session on Saturday
By May 29, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Senate to resume education special session on Saturday

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON — Leadership of the West Virginia Senate wants to call the upper chamber back into special session Saturday to start work on the 144-page update to its regular session omnibus bill. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, sent a letter to senators Friday of his intention to […]

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By May 21, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. legislative special session resumes, focusing on highways funding, fixing vetoed bills

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail Resumption of a special session ostensibly called to address public education issues put off education bills Monday, but in relatively rapid-fire fashion, corrected and re-passed a number of bills that Gov. Jim Justice vetoed because of technical errors, and also passed a number of supplemental appropriation bills — including measures […]

By May 21, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. teachers send ‘red’ message to lawmakers’: Public education is not for sale

By Jessica Farrish, THE REGISTER-HERALD BECKLEY, W.Va. — Teachers and school support employees dressed in red and “walked in” at their schools Monday in support of an initiative planned by Raleigh County Education Association (RCEA). Launched statewide by the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), the walk-in started on the same day that a special legislative session in […]