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W.Va. House poised to vote on education measure

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is awaiting final action on the biggest item from his legislative agenda this session.

The House of Delegates expects to vote Friday on his proposal changing teacher hiring, the school calendar and other parts of the state education system.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill Monday with several amendments. Those addressed concerns raised by teacher and school worker groups.

Friday’s vote follows unsuccessful attempts by House Republicans to add such items as charter schools and alternative teacher evaluations to the bill.

Tomblin and lawmakers have focused on public schools in the wake of an audit that contrasted hefty taxpayer spending with poor student achievement. The governor is also pursuing an education overhaul through executive orders and by enlisting the state school board.

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