Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 12, 2013

W.Va. teacher groups picket Capitol over ed bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Groups representing West Virginia teachers and school workers continue to press lawmakers to change Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education proposal.

Several dozen people picketed outside the state Capitol early Tuesday on behalf of these groups. They oppose changes to the school calendar and to teacher hiring and transfers sought by Tomblin's bill.

The Senate Education Committee heard from both these groups and others who support the bill last week. The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss possible amendments to Tomblin's legislation.

The governor's proposal responds to an audit that contrasted West Virginia's poor student achievement scores with hefty education spending and bureaucracy. Tomblin's bill also seeks to ensure that all third-graders are reading at grade level, and that high school seniors are college- or career-ready.

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