March 3, 2024 by WVCBP
West Virginia’s Schools Might be Forced to Pay for ‘In God We Trust’ Signage

Daily Kos - West Virginia’s almost entirely Republican state Senate passed a bill in late January that would require schools in the state to display “In God We Trust'' signs—in every single classroom. When the state’s House Education Committee took up the bill, it was initially amended to require signage in a single prominent area of each…

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February 9, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Joseph Wyatt: GOP Mad Scientists Diminish Education in WV (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - As if West Virginia’s legislative GOP supermajority had relocated to the island of Dr. Moreau and set up shop in subterranean laboratories, it has concocted a zoo full of educational systems. Read the full op-ed. Among their results are micro-schools, pod schools, home schools and other species they assure us will lead…

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February 6, 2024 by WVCBP
Senate’s School Discipline Bill, Crafted by a Teacher, Faces Concerns for Cost and Students

West Virginia Watch - The Senate will consider a bill that backs elementary teachers’ decision to remove violent or threatening students. The legislation could cost cash-strapped school districts, which would be on the hook for creating alternative learning environments for removed students. Read the full article. Senate Education Chair Amy Grady, a public school teacher…

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February 1, 2024 by WVCBP
Solving West Virginia’s Truancy Problem Takes Work on All Fronts, Attorney Says

WVNS, Yahoo News - It’s a stereotype that kids like to skip school and that they may celebrate when bad weather closes school doors. But West Virginia teachers are seeing a serious rise in chronic absenteeism, despite laws making truancy a crime and holding adult guardians legally accountable. Read the full article. According to Balanced…

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January 6, 2024 by WVCBP
West Virginia Legislative Leaders Lay Out Agenda for 2024

Wheeling News-Register - School discipline, capital punishment for fentanyl pushers, funding for EMS and non-uniformed corrections staff, and data privacy are just some of the bills legislative leaders in West Virginia plan to push in the upcoming session next week. Read the full article. Legislative leaders in the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates…

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January 1, 2024 by WVCBP
State Sen. Laura Wakim Chapman To Focus On Children’s Issues In 2024

Wheeling News-Register, Weirton Daily Times - West Virginia Sen. Laura Wakim Chapman sees an increased need to care for the state’s foster children in 2024. Read the full article. When the Legislature next convenes Jan. 10, one of the bills the Ohio County Republican hopes to propose would provide reimbursement funding to a family member…

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December 15, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Access Expands for WV’s Hope Scholarship — For Some, So Do Concerns

Charleston Gazette-Mail - As access to the Hope Scholarship expands, some are concerned the program is siphoning funds away from the public school system. Read the full article. The Hope Scholarship Board approved a proposal Tuesday to accept applications from eligible students year-round, said state Treasurer Riley Moore, who serves as the board’s chairman. “I’m thrilled the board has…

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