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February 14, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 6

Gov. Raimondo Pushes to Expand Free College Tuition Program

Gov. Raimondo wants to improve the program by expanding Rhode Island Promise to adults older than 25 who attend the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). She also wants to create a scholarship that would cover the third and fourth-year tuition at Rhode Island College. (Associated Press via WPRI, Feb. 8)

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." -  Unknown



“Why should West Virginia parents, students and teachers not have the same options that 44 states and the District of Columbia have for their students?” – House Majority Whip Paul Espinosa, arguing unsuccessfully to expand the number of charter schools that would be allowed under Senate Bill 451, the omnibus education bill

“This is a terrible idea. It’s a waste of money.” – Delegate Larry Rowe, arguing against education savings accounts.

“This is an investment for the safety of our kids.” – Delegate Isaac Sponaugle on a provision to put law enforcement officers in every school

“It is a bad bill for education. It will not have a positive impact on West Virginia’s educational deficiencies, except for raising salaries that will allow us to recruit higher-qualified teachers.” -- Karen Nance, a former member of the Cabell County school board, on Senate Bill 451, the omnibus education bill during a public hearing on the bill.

“Charter schools are designed to serve the best and brightest. Charter schools lack transparency. And something not being heard: Charter schools will affect the passage of county board excess levies and bonds. Passage of excess levies and bonds prove to be matters that are not only critical but maintain many counties. Many counties have never been able to pass a levy or a bond, and with this added into the mix, may never be able to again.” – WVSBA President Lori Kestner, testifying against Senate Bill 451

“We believe that every child in West Virginia should have access to a high-quality education regardless of their income or ZIP code, and we believe that ESAs would be an important step forward in achieving that goal.” – Jason Huffman of Americans for Prosperity, arguing in favor of education savings accounts

“We all know that some high schools try to recruit athletes. This bill, as it is, makes the problem worse.” – Delegate John Doyle on House Bill 2554, which would make it easier for students to transfer from county to county.

“It sounds like a great idea. Let’s do this.” – Delegate Marshall Wilson on House Bill 2554

“This generation of a lot of these children who were born into addiction are now coming of the age where they’re hitting our public schools. I applaud the efforts of the sponsors of this bill to address this alternative form of discipline, so we can keep the kids in the schools and get them the help that they need.” – Delegate Mike Pushkin, speaking in support of House Bill 2100 to develop a pilot program to provide mental health services instead of suspending students for disruptive behaviors.