2020 Legislative Session

Through our public dialogue initiatives, The Education Alliance seeks to cultivate systemic improvement in West Virginia’s Education system by connecting community members with up-to-date education news and policy information and by providing research on important issues facing the system.

A key component of The Education Alliance’s mission is to foster dialogue between leaders and stakeholders on the issues affecting public education (see our 2020 Education Priorities). The Education Alliance believes that public education is strongest when input from all stakeholders is valued and partners feel welcomed into the process.  Our students and our state deserve an active and engaged public.

The 2020 Legislative Session is off and running with both the House and Senate Education Committees holding meetings this week. To date, we are tracking more than 150 education-related bills that have been introduced. For a listing of those bills, click here.

We are also aware of several bills currently in the drafting process that we expect to see introduced in the coming days.

Bills of note: 

H.B. 4022: Clarifying the qualifications of the Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission

  • This bill is one of the fastest moving education bills so far this session, having already been passed by the House and been communicated to the Senate.
  • The bill clarifies that the Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission may also serve as the Chancellor of the Council for Community and Technical College Education, lending that much more validity to the current state of affairs.
  • The bill also retitles the “Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences” position to “Senior Director of Health Sciences”, and abolishes the statutory position of “Vice Chancellor for State Colleges”
  • The bill passed the House Education Committee on Friday (1/10), and was passed by the full House on Wednesday (1/15). The bill now goes to the Senate.

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