Although they still had had problems with the rule, both teachers groups conceded that the newest version was better than previous ones.
Campbell said they appreciated the chance to be heard, but thought their suggestions did not show up in the rule. She called an earlier version of the rule a "slap in the face" that violates stipulations laid out in the education law. She implied a possible lawsuit in threatening to challenge the rule "by whatever means necessary."
The nine hiring criteria are appropriate licenses, experience, educational level, academic achievement, specialized training, national board certification, past performance evaluations, seniority and other appropriate measures.
Another point of dispute was how teachers on faculty senates are compensated for interviewing candidates.
The rule allows teachers to be paid for up to two hours of work, at their regular rate, for conducting interviews. If there are four or more candidates to be interviewed, teachers can be paid for up to three hours of interviews.
"If you're giving teachers the professionalism to do this, you're devaluing them by limiting the time that they put into the interview process," Lee said.
Jackson said they had to balance the interests of counties in limiting their costs with the teachers who may not want to participate in the hiring process if they're not compensated.
"We tried to balance," Jackson said. "I guarantee probably neither side is happy right now."
In addition to Jackson, the state Board of Education's other voting members are Wade Linger, Gayle Manchin, William White, Tom Campbell, Robert Dunlevy, Mike Green and Tina Combs.
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