W.V. delegates pass education reform in special session

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In a close vote, delegates in West Virginia passed an education reform Wednesday evening during a special session.

The House passed the Education Reform Bill 51 – 47.

Many state teachers have opposed the bill — some have been out in the hallways loudly chanting against it.

Multiple amendments have been made to this bill over time. Additional provisions have been made as well.

“A historic pay raise for teachers. An investment in mental health and counselors in our schools – historic investments,” said State Senate President Mitch Carmichael . “Tax credits for teachers that invest in their classrooms. And then school choice, school options and flexibility.”

The bill scrapped unlimited charter schools that were passed in the Senate. Instead, there will initially be three charter schools in West Virginia.

“Well my concern is the proponent for charter schools,” said Greenbrier County Delegate Cindy Lavender-Bowe. “And I think the citizens of West Virginia, especially our educators, were overwhelmingly opposed to that, so I’m disappointed.”

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael has not set a date for when he will call the State Senate back into session to vote on the same education bill.

An announcement is expected in the next couple of days.

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