CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The state Department of Education will host seven public forums in the coming weeks on the education reform issue, state School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine announced Monday.

The forums, backed by Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders, will be part of a listening effort that’s taking place in connection with the legislature’s special session on education betterment.

Lawmakers recessed the special session, which was called by Justice, minutes after their regular session ended last Saturday night. They will return to Charleston in a few months once they have talked to stakeholders on the education reform issues.

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