Omnibus Education Reform Bill

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Updated on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 6:54 p.m.

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed its version of a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. The proposal, which calls for teacher and school service pay raises, but also other ideas opposed by public educators such as charter schools, is a stripped-down version of the measure the Senate passed last week.

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Updated Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 4:00 a.m.

 

The West Virginia House of Delegates finished their opportunity to tailor a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill after more than 10 hours of debate Wednesday. With Senate Bill 451 on the floor amendment stage, delegates voted on 31 amendments to a strike-and-insert version of the measure -- adopting 10 and rejecting 21.

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The full West Virginia House of Delegates is set to consider a controversial education reform bill. The measure, which has taken a winding path since passing in the Senate last week, has made its way through two House committees and will be on the floor amendment stage Wednesday.

Updated on Tues. Feb. 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to include the TV broadcast of "The Legislature Today" from Feb. 11, 2019.

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Leaders of educator and service personnel unions in West Virginia have the greenlight to call a work action if and when they deem it necessary. The decision comes as the Legislature considers a long, sweeping and controversial education reform measure that’s sparked reaction from teachers, school service personnel and their unions.

The House Education Committee meets on Feb. 8, 2019
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A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has whittled down a sweeping and controversial education reform bill to a point that it is virtually unrecognizable from the bill that the Senate passed earlier this week. The House Education Committee passed a strike-and-insert version on a 15-10 party-line vote Friday, with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed to advancing the measure.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering changes to Senate Bill 451 – or the education omnibus bill, as it is often referred to. 

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The West Virginia House of Delegates will hold a public hearing on a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. At the request of Speaker Roger Hanshaw, the House Finance Committee will allow members of the public to share their thoughts about Senate Bill 451 at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11.

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Updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 

The West Virginia House of Delegates’ Education Committee has outlined a draft strike-and-insert amendment to a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill.

In a Wednesday meeting, the committee outlined their proposed version of Senate Bill 451, which removes paycheck protection and a non-severability clause from the measure.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at 5:04 p.m.

 

It didn’t take long for Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates to try to derail a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. The measure, which ties pay raises to charter schools, education savings accounts and other provisions the teachers and the leaders of their unions oppose, saw a motion Tuesday, Feb. 5, that attempted to kill the bill.

The comprehensive education reform bill – SB 451 – passed the West Virginia Senate following a few hours of debate. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich break down the day’s action over the bill. We also bring you a special report about the state’s drug court.

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Updated: Feb. 4, 2019 at 10:40 p.m.

 

The West Virginia Senate has passed a sweeping and controversial bill that seeks to overhaul the state’s public education system. The measure’s fate is unclear in the House of Delegates. Whether teachers will strike in response to its passage in the Senate remains to be seen.

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Members of the West Virginia Senate debated Friday a long list of proposed amendments to a sweeping and controversial education reform bill. The measure, Senate Bill 451, ties school employee pay raises to a long list of provisions public educators oppose. During hours of debate, the bill saw some small, notable changes -- but remains largely intact.

In this reporter roundtable, we recap the week’s proceedings over Senate Bill 451 – a massive bill to reform public education in West Virginia. We bring you up-to-date on where the bill is now and where it’s heading.

Assistant News Director Glynis Board leads a discussion on the impacts and trauma the opioid epidemic has inflicted on West Virginia’s youth, and host Suzanne Higgins chats with Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich for an update on some of the day’s major stories.

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The West Virginia Senate held a more than nine-and-a-half-hour committee meeting Wednesday as an entire body to focus on a long, sweeping and controversial education reform bill. The chamber’s 34-member Committee of the Whole was briefed on the measure, questioned counsel and heard presentations from expert witnesses. The committee has yet to move to the amendment stage or send the bill to the full floor for consideration -- leaving deliberations to continue Thursday.

It’s been a marathon day in the West Virginia Senate, as senators discuss SB 451 – the comprehensive education reform bill – as a “committee as a whole.” In the House, delegates considered amendments to HB 2010 – transitioning the state’s foster care system to a managed care model.

Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton leads a discussion on the Justice administration’s plan to tackle the state's substance abuse crisis, and host Suzanne Higgins chats with Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich about the comprehensive education reform bill, which continues to garner attention throughout the state and under the dome.

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As members of the West Virginia Senate prepare to take up a wide-ranging education reform bill with the entire chamber acting as a committee, leaders in the Republican caucus have announced changes to the measure. However, Gov. Jim Justice continues to take issue will some of the remaining provisions -- going as far as suggesting he would veto the current version of the bill should it pass both the Senate and House.

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One of the founders of the West Virginia United Caucus, Jenny Craig, spoke to West Virginia Public Broadcasting about how teachers feel about the proposed education reform Senate Bill 451. The caucus is made up of teachers who are members of various education unions. The group formed last year after educators came together during a historic 10-day walkout.

The omnibus education reform bill is the talk of the Capitol’s halls. A historic move was made by Senate leadership Monday to have the bill, SB 451, reported to the floor and be considered by “the committee as a whole” – meaning all 34 senators would consider the bill from the floor in the same manner as if it were still in committee.

We bring you another Friday Reporter Roundtable. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by statehouse reporters to recap the week and look ahead to the next. We explore the massive education reform bill, the debate over legalizing cannabis in West Virginia, child welfare needs, and the latest on legislation related to an Intermediate Court of Appeals.

A huge education reform bill was revealed in the Senate Education Committee. We bring you up-to-date on the bill’s latest action, and we also take a closer look at broadband expansion legislation moving through the statehouse.