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Column: Real education reform brings much-needed change
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Aug 14, 5:24 AM: Education is our state government’s biggest financial commitment and its greatest moral responsibility. For too long, we haven’t been living up to that responsibility.
‘Fought the good fight’: Lee’s Summit lawmaker dies in sleep months after car cras
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Jul 31, 4:48 AM: A 17-year educator in the Raytown School District, Rebecca Roeber was elected to office in 2014. She was the chairwoman of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee and pushed for school choice and charter school >
Glen Casada denies offering financial incentives for school voucher votes in letter
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Jul 22, 6:02 AM: With less than two weeks until his expected resignation as speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Glen Casada issued a letter Sunday morning denying allegations that he offered incentives to lawmakers in exchange for >
Democrat, schools chief in city to talk education
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Jul 16, 7:44 AM: A Democratic state lawmaker said Monday that Indiana education policy is driven by special interests that have found favor with supermajority Republicans at the Statehouse – a view shared by the Republican superintendent of public >
House to hold public hearing on education bill before final vote
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Jun 19, 5:42 AM: Delegates will hold a public hearing on House Bill 206 at 8 a.m. Wednesday and then resume their special session for a third reading and a final vote on passage of the measure. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, said delegates >
Education Reform Bills Progress in House
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Jun 19, 5:13 AM: Of note, it caps the Senate’s unlimited charter school program in Senate Bill 1039 to a 10-school maximum and gives counties sole power to authorize or reject charter school applications.
Editorial: Support from president irrelevant in education fight
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Jun 18, 7:33 AM: Over the weekend, a report from The Associated Press noted that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, were locked in battle to prove who is more beloved by the Trump administration.
Editorial: Comrie wants more opportunity — Carranza’s just finding jobs for cronies
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Jun 17, 5:17 AM: Kudos to state Sen. Leroy Comrie for coming up with a serious plan to get more black and Hispanic kids into the city’s best high schools: by adding opportunity, not undermining excellence.
Statehouse Beat: House and Senate not singing the same tune
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Jun 17, 4:58 AM: The House’s plan on education, if it has one, may become clearer when the special session resumes Monday. It seems unlikely that House leadership can twist enough arms to shift enough votes to pass the Senate’s omnibus 2.0 bill >
More GOP senators state ‘no confidence’ in Justice
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Jun 12, 5:31 AM:
Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, fired a shot on statewide radio Monday by calling for Justice to resign. Justice, at a news conference on Monday afternoon, then called Blair a bully.
 
House Dems Call for End of Education Special Session
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Jun 12, 5:22 AM: Citing the repeat of mistakes made during the regular session and the growing feud between Gov. Jim Justice and Republicans in the Senate, Democrats in the House of Delegates called Tuesday for an end to the special session on >
Opinion: What’s Controversial About Better Schools?
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Jun 10, 7:38 AM: While some opponents of comprehensive education reform cheered its defeat during the 2019 regular legislative session, students, parents, and rank-and-file teachers have little reason to celebrate.
House leaders noncommittal on omnibus education bill, unimpressed by Justice remarks
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Jun 4, 5:16 AM: House of Delegates leaders aren’t immediately embracing an omnibus education bill passed out of the Senate, but the House majority whip is mincing no words about the role of the governor.
Republicans say they were left out of D.C. school voucher negotiations
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Jun 3, 8:22 AM: Congressional Democrats are trying to squeeze Republicans out of the negotiations over reauthorizing the only federal school voucher program in the nation, according to a letter two GOP congressmen have sent to the Education >
The teacher strike is off, but Harrisburg’s senator still is calling for state control
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May 31, 7:19 AM: Harrisburg teachers may have called off a one-day strike they’d planned for Friday, but one of the city’s leaders in the General Assembly is still calling for the struggling district to be put under state control.
State Sen. Bill Powers defends vote for school vouchers, despite campaign promise
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May 31, 6:24 AM: His first significant act as state senator riled many of his constituents in the district encompassing Montgomery, Houston and Stewart counties. It was a vote of support for Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher bill, which was a reversal >
Carmichael: ‘Student Success Act’ only way to fix state’s education system
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May 31, 5:47 AM: West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, says his newly introduced Student Success Act is the key to fixing the state's education system.
The ABCs of the new omnibus: the Student Success Act
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May 30, 6:11 AM: On Friday, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, unveiled what he calls the “Student Success Act.” Also weighing in at around 140 pages, the bill has many of the same provisions as the failed omnibus bill.
Commentary: Mitch Carmichael’s Saturday session is a heavy lift
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May 29, 6:40 AM: Senate President Mitch Carmichael has called Senators back to Charleston to work on the latest attempt to legislate changes to how West Virginia delivers a “thorough and efficient education,” as required by the State >
Alabama House committee approves Marsh’s historic education proposal
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May 23, 7:08 AM: The Alabama Senate on Thursday passed as amended SB 397, a constitutional amendment sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) that would be a historic overhaul of the state school board.

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