Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The legislature can count on returning to the Capitol soon to ensure West Virginia succeeds during the next round of federal "Race to the Top" education grants.
Gov. Joe Manchin on Monday said he intends to convene a special session that will also focus on the larger goal of improving schools and student achievement.
The Governor repeated his challenge to the state Department of Education to take the lead on shaping the session's agenda.
State schools superintendent Steve Paine says they're starting that process.
Manchin also says the agenda should include the state's massive funding shortfall involving future retiree health care costs.
He cited how teachers and school workers have been promised much of these other-post employment benefits.
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