Education Bill Heads to Full Senate

Governor Tomblin's education bill is on its way to the the full Senate after passing the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The proposed overhaul of public schools in the state was unanimously approved by the Senate Finance Committee without any changes. The Senate Education Committee also gave their approval earlier this week. The governor is seeking to change the way teachers are hired and transferred. His bill would also give counties more flexibility for setting the yearly school calendar. The bill would reduce education costs by $630,000 next year, and $2.1 million the year after that. Groups representing teachers and school workers are largely opposed.