West Virginia House Reconvenes as Teachers Fill Capitol

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia teachers are again protesting at the Capitol as the House of Delegates reconvenes for the special legislative session on education.

The House met Monday morning and then broke off into committees to debate bills.

Educators are filling the statehouse’s halls to speak out against a sweeping Senate GOP proposal that would allow the state’s first charter schools. Union leaders have called for the special session to come to an end.

The Senate passed the wide-ranging proposal earlier this month. The bill also contains a pay raise for teachers, mental health services for students and a provision that allows county boards to fire educators who strike.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice called the special session after the legislature failed to agree on education measures during this year’s regular session.