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March 19, 2013

West Virginia House committee approves education bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House Education Committee unanimously approved Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s amended education bill and sent it to the full House of Delegates.

The panel made no amendments to the bill on Tuesday.

The bill emerged from the Senate on Monday after a number of last-minute chan-ges were put in place to appease teachers’ groups.

The bill will no longer allow the nonprofit Teach for America program to send teachers into the state’s classrooms. It amends hiring practices, but seniority will still be taken into account.

Tomblin had initially proposed freeing up 12 non-in-structional days in the school calendar to use as classroom time. The amended bill keeps six of those 12 days.

The bill could be voted on by the full House as soon as Friday.

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