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2022 Legislative Lookahead: Bill will put 1,800 teacher aides in grades 1 and 2 classrooms

WV Press Legislative Lookahead Coverage

 By David Beard, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Legislative leaders aim to put 1,800 new teaching assistants into first- and second-grade classrooms in the next few years. Leaders also are working with the Higher Education Policy Commission to develop a more stable funding formula for the state’s institutions.

Both items were topics of discussion Friday during a session of the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead for the 2022 session that starts Jan. 12.

Delegate Joe Statler, R-Monongalia, is the new vice chair of the House Education Committee and explained both proposals.

The idea behind putting teaching assistants in the classrooms – in the same way pre-K classes already have them – is to improve the student-adult ratio and give the children more individual attention. The bill to be introduced will require any class with more than 12 students to have an assistant.

“On the whole I believe this legislation will be tremendously productive,” he said. The estimated cost to put assistants into 1,800 classrooms will be about $68 million. …

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https://www.dominionpost.com/2022/01/07/2022-legislative-lookahead-bill-will-put-1800-teacher-aides-in-grades-1-and-2-classrooms/

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