URGENT: Voice your support NOW for WV education reform

handsLate Thursday, the Senate Education Committee recessed without making a decision on Gov. Tomblin’s education reform legislation (SB359).

The bill is currently being retooled, and there is growing concern that it will be watered down to meet the demands of a vocal opposition. Senators have heard from opponents, now they need to hear from you.

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce strongly supports SB359, which is a critical first step in transforming education in West Virginia. We cannot let special interests gut the bill and neutralize those measures necessary for meaningful change.

We urge you to call each member of the Education Committee and voice your support for the Governor’s vision. West Virginia is almost heaven, but instead of reaching for the stars when it comes to our children’s future, some appear determined to win a race to the bottom.

Micro-reforms will not get us where we need to be fast enough; we need quantum leaps to make sure our children and their children can compete in a global world.

Opposition is mounting and deals are being made behind closed doors. Your phone call can be the knock on the door that reminds lawmakers what this is all about: putting children first once and for all.

Call NOW!

A list of Senate Education Committee members and their contact information is contained below.

Here’s their contact info in alphabetical order:

Senator Clark Barnes
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7973

Senator Robert Beach
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7919

Senator Donna Boley
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7905

Senator Mitch Carmichael
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7855

Senator Truman Chafin
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7808

Senator Bill Cole
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7843

Senator Larry Edgell
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7827

Senator Daniel Hall
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7807

Senator William Laird
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7849

Senator Robert Plymale
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7937

Senator Ron Stollings
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7939

Senator Gregory Tucker
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7906

Senator John Unger
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7933

Senator Erik Wells
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7841