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A key component of the Education Alliance’s mission is to foster dialogue between leaders and stakeholders on public policy issues effecting public education (see 2019 Education Policy 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. To support this goal, the Alliance provides weekly updates each Friday throughout the 2019 Legislative Session (click here to subscribe).
The 2019 Regular Session adjourned last Saturday, with the Legislature passing more than 20 bills related to education (for a complete bill listing, click here). However, education policy continues to be at the center of statewide discussion. As mentioned in last week’s update, the Governor called a special session to address education issues and it is anticipated that the Legislature will return soon (meeting off and on throughout the remaining months of the fiscal year) to continue their work. In his call for special session, the Governor stated that he is calling the session to deal with matters “relating generally with improving, modifying, and making efficiencies to the state’s public education system and employee compensation.” This leaves the door open for a broad range of topics to be considered.
On Monday, the WV Department of Education announced that they will host seven public forums in the coming weeks regarding possible education reforms. The intent of these forums will be to gather input from stakeholders on what should be addressed during the special session. For a complete listing of the forum locations and times, click here.
The Education Alliance will continue to provide follow discussion on the special session and provide updates as legislation is introduced.