Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

April 9, 2013

W.Va. lawmakers OK school admins in classroom

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia county school administrators should prepare to spend a few days in the classroom each year.

The House of Delegates voted 78-20 Tuesday to send Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin the Senate's approach to reducing substitute teacher costs.

The bill would require central office administrators to fill in for absent teachers three days each school year.

It exempts county superintendents and administrators who have never held a teaching or administrative certificate.

The measure responds to a critical shortage of substitute teachers, particularly in rural counties. Supporters also hope it will give administrators a front-line view of the issues pressing on West Virginia's public schools.

Groups that represent teachers in the state support the measure. Tuesday's House vote reflected Republican opposition. One GOP delegate said the bill wrongly dictates to counties.

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