Lesson Plans Differ on W. Va. Governor's Education Reform Bill

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Saying it’s all about student achievement, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is trying to push his education reform bill through the Legislature.

"We're putting a lot of money into our education system but our test scores continue to slide downwards and we've got to reverse that trend and make sure that our students have the skills for the jobs that are needed in West Virginia," Tomblin said.

But some educators say the bill contradicts itself, claiming it will taint the hiring process and bring in ill-qualified teachers.

"What they want to do is change the hiring procedures so that it is very, very subjective -- which means that you can hire about anybody you want to based on what's in the bill," said Judy Hale, president of the American Federation of Teachers – West Virginia.

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