CHARLESTON--Senate Democrats unveiled an education package of their own on Monday.
“We listened to citizens all across the state. They suggested that we get to the bottom of what holds our students back. They recommended policies that work in the world’s best schools. Together, we discovered opportunities to try new things that will put students first,” said Senator Stephen Baldwin (D-Greenbrier).
“We want to be proactive,” said Senator Paul Hardesty (D- Logan). “After holding ten listening sessions around the state, attending the Department of Education’s round tables, and considering the Department’s recommendations set forth in their final report, we feel that this package of bills accurately reflects the will of the people.”
“One of our issues with SB 451 during the regular session was that it was all one bill with a non-severability clause,” said Senator Glenn Jeffries (D-Putnam). “This package contains six separate bills—that we think will work--that can be discussed on their individual merits.”
“We look forward to engaging in a robust discussion about what’s best for the future of education in our state,” said Minority Leader Senator Roman Prezioso (D-Marion).
The Democrats’ education package contains bills that are centered on four core ideas:
ADDRESS THE ROOT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
RESTORE LOCAL FLEXIBILITY
STRENGTHEN QUALITY INSTRUCTION
INCREASE VOCATIONAL/TECHNICAL EDUCATION