The ABCs of the WV education overhaul bill

Hank Hager, counsel for the Senate Education Committee, presents an outline of the education overhaul bill during a committee meeting Thursday at the state Capitol, in Charleston. CRAIG HUDSON | Gazette-Mail

By Ryan Quinn

The Charleston Gazette-Mail 

West Virginia students, parents and teachers are faced with a single bill moving through the Legislature that would provide a yet-unspecified amount of new public school funding, but also do much more.

Hank Hager, counsel for the Senate Education Committee, presents an outline of the education overhaul bill during a committee meeting Thursday at the state Capitol, in Charleston.
CRAIG HUDSON | Gazette-Mail

Among other things, it would weaken longer-serving school workers’ job protections and their unions while transferring funding from increasingly empty public schools to charter schools, religious and secular private schools, and homeschooling.

The 144-page bill would give school employees their promised pay raises and other benefits, but also make it harder to strike.

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