Teachers union leaders have scoffed at that proposal -- and just about everything else in Tomblin's education reform package.
On Tuesday, union officials said they are planning something to get state lawmakers' attention, but they declined to talk about specifics.
"The governor missed a real opportunity to do real education reform, and has instead used this to bash teachers," Lee said.
Lee and West Virginia Federation of Teachers President Judy Hale said they were surprised that Tomblin's bill would allow the Teach for America program to operate in West Virginia.
Teach for America takes new college graduates who want to teach and places them at struggling schools. Tomblin made no mention of the program in his State of the State address earlier this month.
"The bill is full of so many contradictions," Hale said. "They say they want to improve reading instruction in elementary schools, but then they want to bring in unqualified teachers through Teach for America."
Tomblin's education bill also overhauls teacher hiring practices, weakening seniority in the hiring process. Hale said teacher hiring would become too subjective and allow county school boards to select unqualified applicants.
Hale said Tomblin's bill extends to the hiring of county school superintendents. The legislation states, "The county superintendent shall be hired under separate criteria established by the county board."
"The hiring criteria, I call it the friends and family plan," Hale said. "It's so they can hire their friends and family. They can hire anyone they want to."
The Senate Education Committee next meets on Thursday.
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