UPDATE (1:37 p.m.): Senators will vote on an amended version of the education reform bill, which will include changes to the state’s teacher hiring process, eliminate faculty senate days as “instructional days,” lengthen the school calendar and provide longer planning periods for elementary school teachers. Click here to read my full blog post.
According to AFT-WV’s Facebook page, state teachers unions have reached a compromise with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state lawmakers on the controversial education bill. The union posted this announcement on its Facebook page around 11:30 a.m.:
The Associated Press is reporting some controversial sections of that bill have been nixed.
— Lawrence Messina (@lmessina) March 18, 2013
Here’s an excerpt from the AP story:
Senate President Jeff Kessler said a proposed amendment will give extra weight to hiring recommendations from principals and faculty senates.
Another change would encourage year-round school calendars while marking off four consecutive weeks for maintenance.
Out of the bill is Tomblin’s proposal allowing the national Teach for America program into West Virginia classrooms. Lawmakers may instead study such nonprofit educator efforts.
The Senate was set to convene at 11 a.m., but it’s 11:36 now and there’s not a senator in sight. Stay tuned for updates. This could get interesting.
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