Monday, February 16, 2015


WVU President Gorgon Gee and Chairwoman Pasdon

Last week at the legislature we celebrated Home School Day and WVU Day!

The Mountaineer and Delegate Pushkin

Here in House Ed we were glad to host guests from both groups.

Seven bills were passed through committee this week and Chairwoman Pasdon was bustling about as usual.

Here's a closer look:

Chair's Corner

New and familiar faces came this week to see Amanda to speak about some of the big issues in Education today.

Tom Susman stopped by to speak about higher ed issues that impact regional colleges.

Garnet Bowyer of the West Virginia Professional Educators spoke with Amanda about alternative certification of teachers.

Gale Gaines of the Southern Regional Education Board came in to talk about Public Charter Schools in West Virginia.

Gail Manchin, Michael Martirano, and Paul Hill from the West Virginia Department of Education paid Amanda a visit to discuss Next Generation Standards.

Stephanie Butcher came in to speak about issues important to West Virginia's many homeschoolers.

Mike Donally of the Home School Legal Defense Association came by and brought his whole family of homeschoolers along with him!

Committee Updates

Last week we held three very successful committee meetings! The following bills were passed through the House Education Committee and are on to their next destination:

H.B. 2202 Relating to more equitable disbursement of funds to county boards

H.B. 2139 Relating to employment of retired teachers as substitutes in areas of critical need and shortage for substitutes

H.B. 2441 Reducing the liability of county boards of education for loss or injury from the use of school property made available for unorganized recreation

H.B. 2387 Relating to a framework for initiating comprehensive transformation of school leadership

H.B. 2527 Creating a Task Force on Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children

H.B. 2545 Relating to reimbursement of certification fee for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification

H.B. 2391 Authorizing additional annual waiver to full implementation of five full day early education program

Our subcommittee on the public school aid program met once again to hear from Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon and of course, the ever-present Joe Panetta.

Delegate Cooper shares a word with former Delegate, and Education Committee member, Linda Sumner

Cheat Sheet

Our House Bill 2005, pertaining to alternative certification of teachers was passed on to the Senate 

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