Sean Hornbuckle

The League of Women Voters in WV releases scorecard for 2023 Regular Session

BY: - November 2, 2023

For the first time this year, the League of Women Voters of West Virginia created and released a scorecard to analyze key votes from legislators in the 2023 Regular Session. Only 11 legislators — all Democrats — scored higher than 50% on priority issues set by the League, according to the scorecard. Those priorities — […]

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‘A trainwreck waiting to happen.’ Board worries new school discipline bill lacks guardrails

BY: - September 14, 2023

State school board members fear a new school discipline bill, which gives teachers broad power to remove disruptive students, will result in more kids unnecessarily removed from classrooms. The bill, passed earlier this year, gives teachers in grades six through 12 new guidelines for removing disruptive students from their classrooms.  It requires that if a […]

41% of WV special education aides left their jobs for new classroom role created by Legislature  

BY: - September 13, 2023

The Third Grade Success Act, this year’s landmark education bill, is having unintended consequences on staffing special education classrooms, where students regularly need help eating, going to the bathroom and staying safe.  The bill this year requires specially-trained aides in many first-grade classrooms in an effort to boost low reading and math scores.  “We’ve lost […]

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Making it through our first special session of the West Virginia Legislature

BY: - August 15, 2023

Well, we did it — we survived our first legislative interim and special session. And it was within a month of our launch.  The Monday before interims, we tried to determine who wanted to attend what sessions, which was just a guessing game since the agendas weren’t made available until later in the week. We […]

Hornbuckle makes history as first Black man elected to WV’s minority leader position

BY: - August 8, 2023

House Democrats elected Del. Sean Hornbuckle as their minority leader, marking a historic moment for the party as he is the first Black man to take on the role. “I think it’s more of a testament to my caucus to have that confidence in me,” said Hornbuckle, D-Cabell. “It’s surreal to have the opportunity to […]

Kanawha Democrat Doug Skaff is stepping down as minority leader of the state House of Delegates

BY: - August 2, 2023

Kanawha County Democrat Doug Skaff is stepping down as minority leader of the state House of Delegates, he announced Wednesday morning. Skaff will step down at the end of this month’s legislative interim meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 6.  Reached Wednesday afternoon, Skaff denied rumors that he plans to switch his party registration to Republican and […]