Whatever Happened to SB 396?

By Jeanne Moore, WVMEA Legislative Liaison

On Friday, April 6, the Committe Substitute for Senate Bill 396 moved through the Senate Finance Committee, was passed by the Senate, and was sent to the House and referred to the Education Committee. Chairman Mezzatesta, however, failed/refused to place the bill on the House Education Committee's agenda.

During the week Chairman Mezzatesta withheld the bill from consideration by his committee, requests were made that it be brought up for consideration by many members of the House Education Committee, numerous other members of the House, members of the Senate, and House Majority Leader Rick Staton.

Since the bill failed to pass, another school year will begin in September with 23,000 students in 17 counties who will not enjoy the benefits of instruction by qualified art teachers and more than 1,200 students who will not enjoy the benefits of instruction by qualified music teachers.

Many thanks to all who helped by:

A special note of thanks to all the Senators and Delegates who worked to try to help the children of our state by supporting our bill.