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WVa education board puts charter school plan up for comment

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019 photo picket signs are shown as teachers, students and supporters at a rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall in Oakland, Calif. Teachers in Oakland hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class this week in a display of the national teacher unrest that in many places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling issues like charter schools and vouchers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time.
The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday.
Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered implementation of public charter schools, limiting the state to three charters until 2023, then three more every three years after that. The legislation was part of a broader education bill that included teacher pay raises.
The West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers have lambasted the bill for what they say shut out teachers’ voices and claim the bill violates the state Constitution.