Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin is gearing up for a special session on education by telling the state school board it needs to become more proactive about reform.
The governor says the board needs to be the agent for change and it and the state Department of Education should be recommending ways to improve West Virginia's education system.
Manchin sent a letter to the 12 board members last week saying the state needs to show more for the billions of dollars it spends annually on education.
Nine of those members are appointed by the Governor.
First lady Gayle Manchin serves on the board.
Manchin spokesman Matt Turner says the governor has ideas about education reform, but he wants the board and the department to suggest potential legislation.
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