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The Thrasher Group

March 8, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 9

If New Bill Is Passed, NY State Would Add 6 New Holidays to the School Calendar

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The bill allows school closure when at least 7.5 percent of student population is of that faith. (CBS New York, March 6)

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” – Edward Paul Abbey (1927-1989), American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views.


“This special session will begin as soon as the current session ends, and the Legislature will recess immediately so they can go out and listen to teachers, parents, community leaders, and all those with a vested interest in making education better in West Virginia.” – Gov. Jim Justice in his announcement Wednesday he would call a special legislative session to work on pay raises for teachers and school service personnel and education reforms

“I am sure of nothing when it comes to that. I will not make any commitments.” – Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair when asked if the Senate might work out a pay raise for teachers and school service workers in negotiations with the House of Delegates

“Let’s give the teachers the raise they deserve.” – Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso

“It’s one of the best pieces of legislation that I’ve seen in a long, long time.” – Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair on Senate Bill 1, which would help West Virginians earn associate degrees at little or no cost and establish career education partnership between public secondary schools and community and technical colleges

“Are we not just throwing the door open that a school district, if it wanted to, could do darn near anything and claim that it’s under the cover of school security?” – Delegate John Doyle, expressing concerns about Senate Bill 632 that would put cameras in special education classrooms

“I think this protects the teacher as much as the student.” – Delegate Steve Westfall on Senate Bill 632

“This bill creates a new section, a new category, under the Innovation in Education Act for schools interested in undertaking the transition to mastery-based education,” – Senate Education Chairwoman Patricia Rucker on House Bill 2009

“It’s long overdue and well needed, so let’s support this thing and vote it up.” – Delegate Tony Paynter on Senate Bill 238 to crack down on passing stopped school buses just before the House of Delegates approved the bill