As Senate Bill 451 continues to draw attention across the Mountain State, Assistant State Superintendent Michele Blatt made a special presentation on the education bill at Wheeling Park High School on Thursday night.
Blatt broke down the proposed bill with power point slides and answered the questions of those in attendance.
She addressed the current status of the bill as well as what it proposes in terms of staff pay raises and charter schools.
Numerous Ohio County teachers were in attendance to learn more about this bill could mean for them.
“I came this evening because it’s important for me to be informed,” said Heidi Hohman, a teacher at Steenrod Elementary. “This really struck me. I was so unprepared for being at this point. You know, just last year, we had the work stoppage and I felt that it was important for all of us to be involved and know what was going on. So, to be at a similar point was so unexpected. For me, it was important to come tonight to try to find out what is going on and why this is happening.”
“We’re happy to entertain any questions, remarks from anyone that is interested, but you have to understand that we aren’t the ones that authored this,” explained West Virginia Board of Education member Dr. Jim Wilson. “All we can do is interpret it the best we can and try to offer suggestions as the legislative process goes on.”
If you would like to reach out to the West Virginia Board of Education about this bill, you can go through their website: wvde.us.