The WV State Senate is likely to pass a broad-based education bill today, sending it to the House of Delegates where it will probably undergo still more changes.
That’s all happening against the backdrop of local educator’s union votes this week, potentially authorizing walkouts over the education bill and how it has rolled out.
One section of the bill would have allowed the majority membership of local school boards to move property tax levy rates toward the maximum allowed under state law. Senator Randy Smith, R-Tucker, offered an amendment requiring a vote of county residents. That amendment was adopted.
Another section was removed that would have allowed 28 to 31 students per classroom.
The bill includes a long-promised pay raise for educators.
It also opens the way for charter schools and educational savings accounts that would set aside public dollars for private schooling for a certain number of participants.