West Virginia teachers on TIME 100 list weigh in on special session

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Two West Virginia Teachers made the TIME 100 list this year but locally they have not been feeling very influential.

“Before round one people had been talking a lot about PEIA, no one was listening to us. Round two people were saying you know, Charters, ESA’s nobody wants that, that will hurt our schools and no one listened. So round three it feels like people are not listening,” said Jay O’Neal, a Kanawha County Teacher who was named to the TIME 100 2019 list.  

The Special Session is scheduled for late May but it is unknown what will all be discussed. Senate President Mitch Carmichael says parts of SB 451 are certainly a possibility.

“I think there is agreement, in fact, I’m positive there is agreement that some component of charter schools should be included, some component of school choice and flexibility,” said Sen. Carmichael, (R-Jackson). 

Listening sessions have been held across the state for lawmakers to hear what their constituents think but educators are wondering if anything is sticking with them.

“You start to wonder who are they listening to if they’re not listening to their constituents and I would venture to say it seems like a lot of out of state interest and a lot of corporate money that’s being poured in,” said O’Neal. 

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