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Omnibus Education Reform Bill Unveiled

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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.

Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich joins host Suzanne Higgins to recap the Senate Education Committee meeting that took up the education reform bill. The bill, which does not have a bill number yet, would make changes to several areas of the state’s education system and has a big emphasis on implementing charter schools in West Virginia.

Higgins is also joined by Dale Lee, President of the West Virginia Education Association and Fred Albert, President of the American Federation of Teachers – West Virginia Chapter who both respond to the omnibus education reform bill.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_jBuX0bKN0

The Broadband Expansion Act of 2019 will be up for passage in the House Friday, while the Senate continues to work on its own bill to further broadband expansion. Reporter Danite Belay spoke to the sponsors of those bills.

On Friday’s episode of The Legislature Today, we bring you our weekly conversation with statehouse reporters on all the Capitol news of the week.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her B.A. in Communications from Shepherd University in 2014. The WVPB Eastern Panhandle news bureau is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd's campus. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV