WV Legislature still considering education bills - Business, Government Legal News from throughout WV

WV Legislature still considering education bills

Posted: Updated:
  • EducationMore>>

  • 29 WV schools make US News rankings

    29 WV schools make US News rankings

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:38:11 GMT
    The annual rankings of the best high schools in America from U.S. News World Report included 29 schools in West Virginia this year.
    The annual rankings of the best high schools in America from U.S. News World Report included 29 schools in West Virginia this year.
  • WVU Distinguished Speaker Series adds guest

    WVU Distinguished Speaker Series adds guest

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:00:12 GMT
    The Distinguished Speaker Series at West Virginia University's College of Business & Economics has landed a fourth, unanticipated guest — Joao Vale de Almeida.
    The Distinguished Speaker Series at West Virginia University's College of Business & Economics has landed a fourth, unanticipated guest — Joao Vale de Almeida.
  • University of Charleston students take time to give back

    University of Charleston students take time to give back

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:16 GMT
    At the University of Charleston, Enactus team members Sa Le, Adam DeBriae, Marc Jn-louis, Jordan Wallace and Rhys Batt do much more than merely keep up with their course loads.
    At the University of Charleston, Enactus team members Sa Le, Adam DeBriae, Marc Jn-louis, Jordan Wallace and Rhys Batt do much more than merely keep up with their course loads.
CHARLESTON, WV -

The final days of the regular legislative session are where issues live and die or sometimes become resurrected. Some education initiatives are still receiving debate and moving through the process with six days remaining in the session.

Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Senate Majority Leader said last week if he had to guess which issue may get diverted to a special session later in the year his bet would be education.

Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, and Senate Minority Leader said this is his 18th session, and from his experience, only a few big issues rise to the top of a session and stay there until the end. Hall said this year, those issues seem to be mine safety, drug abuse and Other-Post Employment Benefits.

Hall said some of the education reform initiatives the Republican party introduced are starting to find their ways into some of the bills being debated in committees.

Senators advanced House Bill 4236 Monday morning after adopting and amendment that puts much of the Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 372, into the measure. The Constitutional rule that requires a bill be read three separate days was suspended so members of the Senate could pass the bill.

House Bill 4236, as it stands now in a version that the House of Delegates must approve before it goes to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, would establish a new system for teacher evaluation and mentoring.

The bill reads that its purpose is to create a "comprehensive infrastructure that routinely supports a continuous process for improving teaching and learning."

Sen. Richard Browning, D-Wyoming, said the newest version of the bill includes wording about how parents should be sure students attend school and also the state's expectations of teacher preparatory programs.

Browning said the state has often tried to mandate mediocre teachers into becoming better ones, but this piece of legislation tries to set the stage that teachers should be good when they come out of school.

He said a pilot program in about 20 schools will become the framework for a statewide teacher evaluation program.

The measure also would set the stage for mentoring new teachers. The Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability would also be required to review the measure and make any necessary recommendations to the Legislature during next year's regular session.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVSTATE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.