WINFIELD — State lawmakers had just listened Thursday to an hour-and-a-half of people telling them what’s wrong with West Virginia’s education system, or what isn’t wrong despite perceptions, and what legislators should do about it.

Democratic senators had already hosted a series of town halls and had attended state Department of Education public forums in different parts of the state. Now, some Democrats were at Thursday’s forum, hosted by Republicans who represent Putnam County.

Democratic Sen. Glenn Jeffries, sitting alongside Republicans and Democrats at the old courthouse in Winfield, said he’d now attended about eight forums. Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, said he’d lost count — nine, he ventured — and Delegate Jeff Campbell, D-Greenbrier, said he

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