Yesterday, the West Virginia Senate met and considered an education bill that Republicans labeled the "Student Success Act." However, the headlines used by various WV news sources differed dramatically in their emphasis. Here is how various media headlined yesterday's attempt by Senate Republicans to pass a comprehensive education bill:
Probably the most neutral was found at WV Metro News:
Senate will need more days for omnibus education bill
From West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
With Teachers Eyeing the W.Va. Senate, Republicans Fail to Push Vote on Controversial Education Bill
The Charleston Gazette-Mail headlined the story with:
Not so fast
with a subheading that explained why the bill was not approved:
Senate Dems refuse to suspend rules, delaying votes on ed. bills
Finally, there was Steven Allen Adams reporting for Ogden Newspapers:
Senate Democrats Delay Passage of Student Success Act
(That's a relief -- finally, someone tells us who is against student success!)
The bill will apparently get a Senate vote tomorrow. Additionally, the Charleston Gazette-Mail is reporting that the Republican Senate has added anti-strike amendments to the bill:
West Virginia Senate Republicans amended their sweeping education overhaul bill Sunday to specify that public worker strikes are unlawful, that school workers can be fired if they strike, that school employees' pay can be withheld on strike days and that county superintendents can't close schools in anticipation of a strike or to help a strike.
Finally, WV Public Broadcasting reporter David Mistich tweeted earlier today that Senate Bill 1040 (education savings accounts) was read for the first time.
The Republican Senate looks determined to push all of this through.