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Senate Considers House Amended Education Reform Bill, But With Changes


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.

The comprehensive education reform bill is back in the Senate's court, and the Senate has proposed its own amendment – attempting to reach a compromise with the House.

It was Advanced Technology Center Day at the Capitol, and West Virginia’s two advanced technology centers were showcased. Reporter Randy Yohe has this report.

The House’s Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Chairman Del. Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell and Minority Chairman Del. Andrew Robinson, D-Kanawha join Suzanne Higgins for a discussion on substance use issues and legislation to address them.


On Tuesday, we'll have an update on the latest update on the education reform bill, and we’ll have an in-depth report on multiple criminal justice reform bills. We'll also be joined by the Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation Betsy Jividen.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV