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Some State Legislators Fought to Allow Citizen Voices in Education Debate

Lately, leadership at the legislature is ramming legislation down our throats without public input – for example, by bundling together the many provisions of the Education omnibus bill so individual pieces are difficult to debate.  Thank goodness for folks like Delegates Sean Hornbuckle and Amanda Estep-Burton who supported amendments forcing legislators to hear the voices of real working people.

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Teachers and school personnel sacrifice as Putnam Superintendent throws them (and students) Under the Bus!

When out-of-state lobbyists pushed West Virginia legislators to introduce legislation to tear apart WV public schools, our teachers and school personnel stood up for our kids once again by quickly calling for a strike to stop the damaging legislation. Fifty-four superintendents agreed with teachers that schools should close and students stay safely at home while teachers and service personnel expressed outrage toward the Omnibus Bill they believe will hurt WV schools and students.

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Medicaid Work Requirement Won’t Save Money or Increase Jobs!

What’s wrong with requiring able-bodied people to work twenty hours a week for their health insurance? It sounds reasonable until you find out that most Medicaid recipients already work, but many struggle to find steady work or have medical issues that interfere with holding regular jobs. When you hear the stories of some of the people whose Medicaid coverage was threatened when such requirements were implemented in Arkansas and Kentucky, you may understand why H.B. 3136, the Medicaid Work Requirement, would be so harmful in WV.

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Putnam Bus Drivers Supported Strikers, Standing Strong for Public Education!

Among the true heroes of last week’s education debate were Putnam County school bus drivers, who put themselves on the line to protect our public education system. Let’s take a moment to salute these patriots who put our kids and communities first.

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a lose, lose, lose situation that we don’t need to repeat here in WV.

 

Sometimes what seems like a good idea on the surface turns out to be terrible when tried out. This is what other states have found out when they required Medicaid recipients to try to find work. When most of them either didn’t find work or couldn’t fill out the extra paperwork to prove they were exempt or had a job, nearly 20,000 in Arkansas lost their healthcare.

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Another Advantage For Big Business

West Virginia’s judicial system had a rough 2018, but poor administration at the Supreme Court level isn’t justification for adding an additional appeals court level to the WV Court System, a new step that would waste taxpayer dollars to help companies with huge legal teams while making things harder for the small businesses that are the backbone of the mountain state.

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WV Education Bill was Omnibus…and Ominous!

The WV Senate, led by Republican Mitch Carmichael, passed a Frankenstein of an education bill by refusing to allow committees to hold hearings and simply forcing a vote of the full Senate. This patchwork bill would fulfill every imaginable wish list for so-called “education reformers” who want to rob public schools and give our tax dollars to private schools, home schoolers, and charters. In order to attempt to win over teachers, they threw in a 5% raise they could only keep if no other part of the legislation is thrown out in court!

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WV Senate Education Chair Loyal to Right Wing Washington Group

 

WV has benefited enormously from time and energy from talented people who move here and fight for the values we hold dear.

Unfortunately, we’ve been often harmed when people move here to advance their own ambitions and end up subverting our values. We see that now happening with S.B. 451, the so-called education reform bill making its way through the Legislature.

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Our locally-elected school boards want to stay loyal to the community schools they help govern

Huge shout out to school boards all over the state that are passing resolutions to reject the education omnibus bill (see Taylor County's Resolution below; this is one of several that have passed recently). School boards in our communities want to make sure our public schools are strong. Their job is not to tax their neighbors - which this bill asks them to do - to make up for the money that will be drained away to private schools. The state should not force that burden on our community school boards. Our locally-elected school boards want to stay loyal to the community schools they help govern, because they know our kids are worthy of excellent public schools.

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It's time for West Virginia to reject hate and pass Employee Non-Discrimination legislation

Just as West Virginia was prepared to lay claim to the title of "Best Virginia" last week amidst the controversies embroiling the state government of Virginia, West Virginia's past demons have reared their ugly heads once again.

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