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West Virginia Education Forums Set to Start

Female teacher helping students

West Virginia education officials are kicking off a series of public hearings as part of preparations for an upcoming special legislative session. The first of seven forums is set for Monday night at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.

Others forums this week are scheduled for Tuesday night at Mount View High School in Welch, Wednesday at Capital High in Charleston and Thursday at Woodrow Wilson High in Beckley.

Three final forums will be held in early April in Clarksburg, Wheeling, and Berkeley Springs.

Each forum will start at 6:00 in the evening and will include discussions in small groups on core education issues.

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

President of the West Virginia Education Association Dale Lee said the WVEA will also be holding its own set of educational town halls in all seventeen of West Virginia’s Senatorial districts.