CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Numerous speakers made the first of two public hearings on Monday to talk against a complex education bill in West Australia that the demands of the teachers unions were a strike strike for nine days last year.
70 seconds were given to teachers, parents, education officers and unions and students to face the bill during a two-hour morning hearing in the Household House rooms. Another hearing was arranged for Monday afternoon.
The majority of speakers at the hearing were speed against the emerging bill, in particular provisions that would include the establishment of chartered schools and family education savings accounts to pay for private schools.
A few said they were worried that consultants were not consulted in the creation of the bill. Others requested that their individual components be considered separately.
Some speakers suggested that billing items are calling on smaller class sizes and additional resources such as social workers and mental health counselors in schools. Some spoke about the opioid crisis with which students separated from their drug-drug parents and prejudiced their education. West Virginia takes the country much in the rate of deaths on drug overdose.
Lisa Vance, a special education teacher at the Chapmanville Intermediate School in Logan County, said "the bill was divided and broken".
He asked legalists to visit the classroom so that they can learn about students who have basic needs met teachers and school service personnel, not at home.
"Look at the student who is hungry and sleeping," said Vance. "Talk to the little girl that can not be seen because no one will accept her pair of glasses. And the little boy is afraid of having her grandfather, one carer, in the hospital. Then you'll be able to see the real truth not just interpretation. "
The House of Education Committee last week made a different version of the bill previously approved in the Seanad State. The two pay increases would provide 5 per cent for teachers, supported by the Government of Jim Justice.
President of the Seanad, Mitch Carmichael, said that the primary aim of the bill is to improve student test scores and performance.
"Mits Carmichael was in the Senate in the eyes and courage to give you a perfect bill that would impede a real reform of the West Virginia education system," said bill supporter David Howell. "Pass this bill as the Senate gave you."
The House version, which now moves to the financial committee, does not have educational savings accounts, language payment for teachers in the event of a strike or requirement that teachers extend annually on union duties. He also claused in the Seanad's bill that would make the entire legislation invalid if any.
The Seanad bill allows charter schools throughout the country; The House version would include them in a pilot project for only two counties.
Superintendent of County Hancock, Superintendent Tim Woodward, said that if there is any help they need, they are the communities themselves.
"I see children living in poverty levels that you can not imagine and I can imagine," said Woodward. "Take a charter school for me to fix this and I'll be the first to sign up. But before we go to the fact that schools are the signs, the problem is not, we're going around and around."
West Virginia's teachers won 5% on wages rising after a nine-day strike last year.
Unions announced representing teachers and school service workers on Saturday authorize action throughout the state if necessary in response to the legislation. The unions did not specify when or what kind of action would be done.