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West Virginia lawmakers, advocates make case for education reforms

WV Press Legislative Lookahead Coverage

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hiring more assistants for teachers, changing the way colleges and universities receive state tax dollars and making improvements to health insurance and retiree benefits for teachers and staff are some of the desires for the 2022 legislative

Lawmakers, representatives of higher education and teacher union officials made their case for these initiatives Friday during the West Virginia Press Association’s 2022 Legislative Lookahead. The 2022 legislative session begins at noon Wednesday.

The annual Lookahead was to take place at the Culture Center in Charleston after going to a virtual event last year due to COVID-19, but a positive COVID infection within the staff of the Press Association and Thursday night’s snowfall sent the event again back to Zoom.

Members of the press and lobbyists heard a panel Friday morning dedicated to education issues. The only member of the Republican leadership team for both the Senate and House of Delegates education committees who participated was Delegate Joe Statler, R-Monongalia. …

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