CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A classic showdown is heating up rapidly at the West Virginia Capitol and a current bill is in jeopardy as teachers begin their first day of strikes. Teachers are protesting a bill to invest state funds into private school vouchers and charter schools, taking money from traditional public schools.
Governor Jim Justice, appearing on Hoppy Kercheval’s ‘Talkline’ program said, “I sent up a clean education bill. I know we want to reward education.”
“We should have moved this thing through. Now we’ve got a situation where kids are out of school, parents are disrupted. Educators are unhappy. And we go back to the thing I said before, ‘why?'”
The governor, when asked whether he would veto the bill said, “I would. We need to go back to a clean education bill.”
WOWK can report that, through our vote counting, the West Virginia House of Delegates does not have the votes to support the Senate bill. All Democrats and now a number of Republicans have pulled their support.