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House of Delegates Votes To Postpone Action Indefinitely on Omnibus Education Bill

Editor's Note: A previous headline on this story said the House killed the education omnibus education bill. While the vote today makes it difficult for the bill to survive, there are still some technical maneuvers that could bring the bill back to the floor. This story will be updated when the situation becomes clearer. This is a developing story and will be updated. The West Virginia House of Delegates has effectively killed a controversial education reform measure that has forced the second teacher strike in as many years.

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Despite the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killing a long, sweeping and controversial education reform package, teachers and school employees will be off the job for a second day Wednesday.

Leaders of teacher and service personnel unions cited the slightest of chances that Senate Bill 451 could be revived through a House motion to reconsider action on the measure. On Tuesday, the House adopted a motion to postpone the measure indefinitely, effectively killing the bill on a 53-45 vote.

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Teachers and school workers were on strike in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Tuesday. But shortly after 12:30 p.m., the controversial education bill, which drove them out of school, was postponed indefinitely by a motion in the House of Delegates. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich discuss the action on the bill, and the leaders of the teachers and school service personnel unions join the show to discuss whether the bill could have another shot at passage.

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Delegate Mike Caputospeaks on the House floor.
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Editor's Note: A previous headline on this story said the House killed the education omnibus education bill. While the vote today makes it difficult for the bill to survive, there are still some technical maneuvers that could bring the bill back to the floor. This story will be updated when the situation becomes clearer.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The West Virginia House of Delegates has effectively killed a controversial education reform measure that has forced the second teacher strike in as many years.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Schools across the state are closed after leaders of West Virginia teacher and school service personnel unions announced a statewide strike.

The announcement of a strike came just before the state Senate cleared the latest version of a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill.

Also on today’s show, Suzanne Higgins spoke with Delegate Matthew Rohrbach, Chairman of the Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, and Minority Chairman Delegate Andrew Robinson on last night’s Legislature Today.

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The leaders of West Virginia teacher and service personnel unions announce a statewide strike Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 outside the Senate chambers at the Capitol.
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Updated February 18, 2019 at 7:27 p.m.

Leaders of West Virginia teacher and school service personnel unions have announced a statewide strike will begin Tuesday. That announcement came at a Monday news conference as the upper chamber was set to adopt an amendment to the House of Delegates’ version of Senate Bill 451.

Late in the afternoon on Monday, the West Virginia Senate took up SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – as amended by the House of Delegates. But the upper chamber provided its own amendment to the House’s version. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich break down the day’s floor action over the bill and what could come next. We also hear from the chairman and minority chairman of the House Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.

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Updated on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at 7:58 p.m.

The West Virginia Legislature continued a back and forth Monday on a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. The upper chamber adopted an amendment to the House of Delegate's version Senate Bill 451, which makes some notable changes to the measure.

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