CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has pushed a sweeping Republican education proposal one step closer to passage.
Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced the plan to allow the state’s first charter schools, setting it up for a full vote in the GOP-controlled chamber Wednesday. If approved, the bill would then head to the Senate for consideration.
Education unions and Democrats oppose the measure. They argue that it’s similar to a wide-ranging Senate bill that has led to massive teacher protests at the Capitol.
The House bill, among other things, would cap the number at charter schools at 10.
The legislature is currently in a special session after failing to agree on education measures before the regular session ended in March.
Teachers are packing the statehouse to rally against the House bill.