Second Public Hearing Scheduled on Education Reform Bill

Feb 8, 2019

The West Virginia House of Delegates has scheduled a second public hearing on a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. Lawmakers decided Friday, Feb. 8, to add a second chance for members of the public to express their thoughts on Senate Bill 451.

Del. Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, moved to change the time of Monday morning’s public hearing to 5:30 p.m. to better accommodate teachers and others traveling to Charleston from out of town.

With Democrats supporting Hornbuckle’s motion and Republicans opposing it, Del. David Kelly, R-Doddridge, offered an amendment to Hornbuckle’s motion. Kelly’s amendment called for two separate public hearings.

Both the amendment and the motion were adopted on 96-0 votes.

Senate Bill 451 ties teacher and school service personnel raises with proposals educators and the leaders of their unions oppose.

While many of those provisions have been whittled away in the House Education Committee’s proposed strike-and-insert version of the bill, educators and their unions say they are still dissatisfied with the measure.

Teacher and service personnel unions are gathering in Flatwoods on Saturday to determine whether they will authorize their leaders to call a strike if and when they feel it necessary.