Union heads in W.Va. want extra session on education nixed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions representing teachers and school service workers in West Virginia are calling for an upcoming special legislative session on education to be canceled.

They said Wednesday there’s no need for the additional session if lawmakers are going to resurrect proposals for charter schools and other measures that landed the state in a two-day teacher strike earlier this year.

The House and Senate were set to reconvene next week to deal with education but a Senate spokeswoman says they instead will be working on bills that were vetoed. She says education legislation will be taken up in June.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice called the special session after the GOP-led failed to agree on teacher pay raises and other measures during the regular session that ended in March.

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