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W.Va. Senate Oks bill to protect teaching planning time; heads to House
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, February 21, 2014 3:50 PM EST
A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time has passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.
Lawmakers first voted to amend the bill Friday to state teachers are not prohibited from attending meetings at their discretion.
Sen. Bob Plymale said the Education Committee had to move forward on the bill when it did not receive a recommendation on teacher planning from the State Board of Education.
Last week in committee, State Superintendent Jim Phares said he agreed planning periods should be teacher-directed but that some meetings also affect student learning.
The bill will go to the House for action.