Public Hearing Alert: HB 4011

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A public hearing on HB 4011 has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 9:00 -10:00 AM in the House chamber of the WV Capitol. Speaker registration begins at 8:30 AM.

HB 4011 is the controversial bill that advanced from the House Education Committee last week.  While referred to as the Anti-Stereotyping bill, the bill seeks to remedy a problem that even the lead sponsor, Del. Chris Pritt (R- Kanawha), could not give one specific example of occurring in WV during the committee meeting.

The bill seeks to hamstring the discussion of diversity and equity in history curriculum. While an amendment was made to clarify that this bill would not mandate teachers post actual lesson plans online, this is still a bad bill. Discussion on the bill was cut short and the bill was passed from the House Education Committee. HB 4011 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. The public hearing will be held likely before the Judiciary Committee considers the bill.

“Teachers should be able to discuss accurate history, present multiple perspectives and teach students to become critical thinkers and formulate educated viewpoints. This bill is a political football to siphon support from public schools and nothing more than a vehicle to divide and distract constituents during an election year. It does nothing to address the real issues in public education such as the teacher shortage or the pandemic-related challenges facing our students,” remarked AFT-WV President Fred Albert.    

“Adding insult to injury, the public hearing is scheduled at a time when educators are working and cannot attend to voice their concerns with the bill,” continued Albert.