State board approves rules for charter schools but with some qualms

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 13, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education voted to accept rules governing the establishment of charter schools in West Virginia.

Only board member Deborah Sullivan, former principal at Charleston Catholic, voted against the rules. Sullivan said her objection is not with how the rules were produced but instead with the charter schools concept.

Sullivan suggested that county school boards could be stretched thin by overseeing the charter schools application process — and that education resources could be stretched even further after that.

“I’m not convinced that the way to strengthen our public schools is to divert public funds to support a parallel set of schools or educational options,”  Sullivan said.