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WV Senate strengthens anti-strike language in education bill

The Senate Rules Committee met briefly Sunday to advance a bill creating non-public school vouchers. The bill means this reconvening of the special session on education could last through Tuesday.

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.

The amendment comes after two statewide public school workers strikes in as many years. All county superintendents closed schools before each strike day in both years, except for Putnam County Superintendent John Hudson, who kept schools open this year despite most employees not showing up for work.

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