Complex education bill goes before W.Va. House committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education bill being considered by a West Virginia House of Delegates committee would remove some components of Senate legislation that were opposed by teachers’ unions.
The House education committee conducted a two-hour question-and-answer session Wednesday. Another meeting is scheduled Thursday. The state Senate passed its version Monday.
The House version would remove a provision to require teachers to sign off annually on union dues and a clause that would invalidate the entire bill if any part is struck down. It also would limit the use of private school education savings accounts to special education students.
The Senate version would withhold teacher pay if a strike occurs. The House version would allow those wages to be repaid if those school days are made up.
Some opponents say the Senate bill is retaliation for last year’s nine-day teachers’ strike.