W.Va. Senate leader wants House education bill passed as is, Gov. Justice supports bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Senate leader says he wants a House GOP education bill that would allow the state’s first charter schools to pass his chamber as is.

Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael told The Associated Press on Thursday that he’s not going to try to amend the proposal.

The House passed the measure late Wednesday. It would allow for a staggered implementation of charter schools, limiting the state to three charters until 2023 then letting three more go up every three years after that.

Teachers union leaders have led massive protests at the Capitol against charters.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice has tweeted support for the bill, calling it a “major step toward building new opportunities for our children.”

Carmichael says he wants the Senate to reconvene next week.

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