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Williamson Shriver Architects

The Thrasher Group

McKinley Architects & Engineers

February 15, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 6

Pot use has long been banned on school campuses, but Florida voters legalized it for medical purposes in 2016. The state Legislature last year required schools to come up with a policy on dealing with it. (Sun Sentinel, Feb. 13)

Mentioned Education Commission of the States Resource: Medical Marijuana in Schools: State legislation and policy considerations

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor.


“I’m a fairly optimistic person, and I don’t feel that good about what’s happening right now.” – Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, on the anger among teachers over pay and benefit issues

“If we want to really do it and we want to make the commitment to our teachers in this state and the service personnel and the troopers, we’ll find a way to make it happen.” – House Minority Leader Tim Miley, as he promoted giving teachers 3 percent pay raises in each of the next three fiscal years

“It is the sweet spot of what we can find agreement on and become law and find the pockets of those workers we care about.” – House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, arguing for the House version of the pay raise bill

“I’m the majority leader, not a magician. We have to work within the budget.” – House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, arguing against a proposed higher raise for teachers and others

“Counties won’t be burdened with the extra cost when there is a pay raise for our school personnel or nurses and counselors.” – House Finance Chairman Eric Nelson on one change made in the pay raise bill

“They’re not happy and they’re not satisfied. I predict that we’re going to have thousands of screaming state employees filling these halls before we leave town, and I predict that we’re going to have to revisit this because they are not happy – and rightfully so.” – Delegate Mike Caputo on anger over the pay raise bill

“We stepped up and are putting a plan in place that is significantly better than what the governor proposed and is improved over what the Senate proposed. We all desire to do more, and I believe we will be able to do so in the future.” – Delegate Eric Nelson

“The last thing we want to do in this state, in my opinion, is to turn us back to the good old days of just spending frivolously without a plan for the future.” – Senate President Mitch Carmichael on whether the Senate would accept House changes in the pay raise bill

“This is another way to devalue the education that our teachers get. What this bill does is put a warm body in a classroom. That’s what we’re down to. We’ve made it so our teachers don’t want to come into the field. They don’t want to stay in the classroom.” – Delegate Ricky Moye on House Bill 4407 to change requirements for alternative teacher certification

“This is not a question of whether we are going to have alternative certification in West Virginia. That’s been in law since 1990. The question is: Do we take a step that’s been presented to us by our school district officials, particularly Kanawha County, and help fill some of these vacancies that we hear so much about with individuals that can clearly demonstrate that they have the content knowledge and the commitment to becoming certified teachers?” – House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa on House Bill 4407