What happens if the West Virginia Legislature, during the special session planned for the next couple of months, enacts a bill requiring big changes in public schools?

You’ll have to ask members of the state Board of Education about that. They, not legislators, have the final say — according to the state Supreme Court.

How is that possible? Legislators make the laws. If they approve one and Gov. Jim Justice signs it, everyone has to obey, right?

Wrong.

I don’t recall a situation in which state BOE members refused to comply with a statute. But — if the law concerns how schools are administered, rather than some issue not related to education — the BOE can just say no to legislators.

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