What Would Free Community College Mean for W.Va.?

Feb 2, 2018

On The Legislature Today, we bring you an in-depth look at the West Virginia’s Community and Technical College System and a bill that creates a grant program specifically for its students. That bill, Senate Bill 284, passed the West Virginia Senate unanimously and makes CTCs free for in-state students, if multiple requirements are met. It is now up for consideration in the House.

Eastern Panhandle Reporter Liz McCormick brings us a story that takes a closer look at CTC's and their focus on workforce training, and host Andrea Lannom chats with Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System about the impacts of the bill.

Also in this episode, there have been several impassioned speeches in both the House and Senate about the rising cost of public employee insurance and teachers' salaries. In the Senate, a teachers' salary bill was on the amendment stage. Senior Reporter Dave Mistich brings us the story.

A press release from the Governor Jim Justice’s office announced the PEIA finance board will conduct public hearings starting Feb. 12 on a proposal from the governor. He's asking the board to change its policy to reduce premiums for all families that have dual state incomes, including teachers.

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