West Virginia Senate to meet on bill OK’ing charter schools

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate is set to take up a sweeping education bill that would allow the state’s first charter schools.

The Republican-controlled chamber is scheduled to reconvene Monday at 5 p.m. as part of the special legislative session.

The wide-ranging GOP proposal would allow for a staggered implementation of charter schools, limiting the state to three charters until 2023 then letting three more go up every three years after that. The House of Delegates passed the bill last week.

Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael has said he wants to pass the bill in its current form.

Teacher unions and Democrats have opposed efforts to install charters as a move driven by outside interests that will steer money away from public schools.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice is supporting the measure.

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