Rucker selected as next chair of Education Committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, announced Tuesday Jefferson County Sen. Patricia Rucker will serve as chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the next Legislature.

Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson

Rucker, first elected in 2016, currently is vice chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

“Patricia is a tireless advocate for children and for families, and she understands that it will take bold reforms and landmark changes to truly make a difference in West Virginia’s educational landscape,” Carmichael said.

“I have full faith that she will be a true, positive agent of change in her new role.”

Rucker previously worked as a teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, and has homeschooled her five children.

AFT-West Virginia President Fred Albert voiced concerns of the appointment, citing Rucker’s support for homeschooling and allowing exemptions for vaccinations.
“Homeschooling and anti-vaccination initiatives take the focus away from passing legislation that ensures a high-quality education for West Virginia’s children,” Albert said. “The Legislature has a constitutional responsibility to provide a free, public education to our students and I hope Senator Rucker will work with AFT-WV to make it the best education possible.”

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