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Vote On Education Reform Bill Delayed
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 14, 2013 11:05 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 2:01 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
An expected vote by West Virginia state senators on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill has been put off.
A quick Friday morning session was followed by a Senate Education Committee meeting and several hours of negotiations with the administration, House leaders and teachers' union reps.
Senate President Jeff Kessler then moved the vote on the bill to next week.
The remaining sticking points include what to do with seniority, the calendar and allowing Teach for America educators to work in the state.
Kessler said he thinks there is room for compromise and that a deal will be reached.
“I'm still very helpful we're going to reach a bill that will accomplish exactly what the governor and the legislature wants to happen and the people desire – and that's to make sure that our kids get 180 days of instructional days, that they get quality education and that we eliminate some of the inefficiencies in the current system,” Kessler said.
Kessler said he thinks the Senate will pass the bill on Monday and send it to the House of Delegates for further consideration.
The West Virginia Senate will soon decide whether to pass Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed overhaul of state public schools.
The Senate Finance Committee endorsed the bill Thursday without making any changes on a non-unanimous voice vote.
Tomblin is seeking to change the way teachers are hired and transferred. His bill would also give counties more flexibility for setting the yearly school calendar.
The Senate Education Committee advanced the bill on Tuesday. That committee amended the bill to cut state Department of Education personnel spending by 5 percent in each of the next two budget years.
Senate Finance learned the bill would reduce education costs by $630,000 next year, and $2.1 million the year after that.
Groups representing teachers and school workers oppose most of the bill's proposals.
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