CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's attempt to improve West Virginia public schools is about to become law.
The governor has scheduled a ceremony today to sign his education proposal from the ongoing legislative session.
The legislation changes the way county schools set their calendars and hire and transfer teachers. It offers to help teachers in critical need areas with student loans. Nationally certified teachers would be paid to renew their prized status.
Tomblin also included language to aid his goals for third-grade reading and high school readiness for college or careers. Lawmakers amended the bill to require personnel cuts at the state Department of Education.
A coalition of employers and business groups including the state Chamber of Commerce championed the bill. It also reflects concessions to teachers and school workers.