CHARLESTON \u2014\u00a0People who want to speak up about a big education bill now have two opportunities.\r\n\r\nAfter a brief debate on the House floor, delegates voted unanimously to add a 5:30 p.m. Monday hearing to the one that had already been scheduled for 8 a.m.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ll be able to accommodate a variety of people,\u201d said House Majority Leader Amy Summers, R-Taylor.\r\n\r\nDelegate Amanda Estep-Burton, D-Kanawha, also spoke in favor of the change.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m going to encourage that we pass this amendment so that the true stakeholders in public education, our students, will have an opportunity to attend,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nThe meeting is meant to address a 125-page bill that would make a variety of changes to West Virginia\u2019s school system. It would bundle long-promised pay raises with charter schools, education savings accounts, a change to authority over local school levies, banking of unused personal days and more.\r\n\r\nWhen the bill flowed out of the Senate, teachers said they hadn\u2019t gotten a fair chance to weigh in.\r\n\r\nHouse Speaker Roger Hanshaw requested the public hearing for Monday. But when the 8 a.m. time was announced, many teachers said their jobs would interference with attendance.\r\n\r\nDelegate Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, made a motion that at first just switched from the 8 a.m. time to a proposed 5:30 time.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt 8 a.m. they will simply be at work or in school,\u201d Hornbuckle said. \u201cThis will give them the opportunity to have time to make public comment.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Republican majority countered that some people had already planned on the 8 a.m. time. They said people from the Eastern Panhandle, who have to take hours of travel into account, should be considered.\r\n\r\n\u201cPeople are aware of that and are already starting to make arrangements,\u201d Summers said at first. \u201cI feel that time should be honored.\u201d\r\n\r\nPresident Pro-Tem Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, chimed in: \u201cIf we change the time, we lose the advance notice we were trying to give.\u201d\r\n\r\nDelegate Jason Barrett, D-Berkeley, argued that teachers should be given every opportunity to speak.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re going to have a public hearing on Senate Bill 451, the omnibus education bill, at a time when teachers can\u2019t show up,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have heard from teachers across the state who feel disrespected who feel they weren\u2019t included on the drafting of Senate Bill 451, and now we\u2019re going to have a public hearing at a time they can\u2019t be here.\u201d\r\n\r\nLocal teachers unions have been having votes this week on authorizing \u201cwork actions.\u201d A meeting has been scheduled for Saturday in Flatwoods to tally the results.\r\n\r\nAll this comes a year after thousands of teachers flooded the Capitol for nine days for better wages and stable insurance.\r\n\r\n\u201cA year ago our teachers felt so disrespected that they listened in those galleries, they chanted in the hallways and they rallied on the steps,\u201d Barrett said. \u201cAnd if we\u2019re not careful, \u00a0Mr. Speaker, they\u2019re going to be back.\u201d\r\n\r\nDelegate David Kelly, R-Doddridge, moved to keep the 8 a.m. meeting and add the 5:30 one.\r\n\r\nHIs amendment passed 96-0 with four absences.\r\n\r\nThen the amended motion to have an 8 a.m. public hearing and then another also passed 96-0.\r\n\r\nDelegate John Doyle, D-Jefferson, said he\u2019d been researching whether legislative rules would allow for two public hearings on the same topic. He felt confident that the two public hearings would be allowed.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think it gets us out of a pickle,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nSpeaker Hanshaw appeared on MetroNews\u2019 \u201cTalkline\u201d earlier on Friday to discuss the public hearing.