Final Report - 83rd Legislative Session

West Virginia Professional Educators
Final Legislative Report, 83rd Legislative Session
April 28, 2017

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Final Report - 82nd Legislative Session

The 82nd Legislative Session ended at midnight, March 12th.  It went into extended session for two days to work on the budget. Since no agreement was reached and since the budget deficit will be $92.4 million above the $353 million already estimated, legislators will come back for a special session to deal with the budget later in the spring.

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3rd Report - 82nd Legislative Session

The current legislative session is more than half over.  Since the last report, several education issues have preoccupied members of the education committees.  One is the attempted repeal of the Common Core standards.  Some legislators are not satisfied that the content standards adopted by the West Virginia Board of Education are sufficiently different from Common Core. Quite a number of hours in the House Education Committee were devoted to this subject with the outcome not clear at this time.  

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2nd Report - 82nd Legislative Session

Bills That Are Moving

HB 4175/SB 318 – among its many provisions are the following; requires that a parent of a child who is to be home schooled notify the county superintendent only one time; removes the requirement that the person providing the home schooling instruction have a high school diploma or have an outline of a plan for the home schooling instruction for the ensuing year; permits a parent to administer the required nationally normed standardized test; requires a certified teacher to review a student’s progress and submit a written narrative; to Senate Education; passed House 2/2; to Senate Education.

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