Education Committee makes changes to Senate Bill 451


Amendments to Senate Bill 451 have passed through the House Education Committee with a 15 to 10 vote.

Educators say changes to the bill are crucial to avoid a statewide teacher strike.

Within the revised bill, the amount of charter schools allowed in the state have been limited.

“Initially in the Senate bill, there wasn’t any cap and then the first bill in the House of Delegates was six and there was another revision which took that down to two,” said West Virginia Delegate Dave Pethtel of the Democratic party.

Some other big changes to the bill include the removal of education savings accounts and the decision that teachers will get paid if a work stoppage should occur.

The bill will now make its way to the House Finance Committee.

“The Finance Committee, I’m sure, will get the bill tomorrow,” Delegate Pethtel said. “I believe this bill was around 125 pages so it’s a very large bill."

After that, it gets sent to the House floor. But the process doesn’t end there—

“If the bill ends up passing in the House and the Senate doesn’t accept the bill that the House passed, then more than likely we would see a conference committee."

A public hearing will be held Monday in the House of Delegates Chamber at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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