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Hundreds Attend First Education Forum Before Special Session


Hundreds of West Virginia residents attended the state’s first public hearing to prepare for an upcoming special legislative session to address education issues.

The Herald-Dispatch reports parents, educators and the public attended the forum Monday at Cabell Midland High School in Ona where they were divided into groups to participate in small round-table discussions. During the forum, the Department of Education divided the discussion into four overarching areas: funding opportunities, instructional quality, school choice and innovation, and social emotional supports.

Gov. Jim Justice called the special session to address teacher pay raises and other education issues. He’s asked legislators to meet with teachers, parents, and other stakeholders before returning.

Huntington mother of two, Katharine Lea, says she was happy to give feedback on the issue.

Six more forums are planned.