Board Proposes W.Va. Version Of Charter Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's school board is proposing extensive changes to the state's educational system, including a version of charter schools.

The board sent the charter school proposal and other ideas including firing principals at struggling schools to Gov. Joe Manchin on Monday.

The board is expecting manchin to call a special legislative session to focus on education in May.

By making changes, West Virginia hopes to grab up to $75 million in funding from the Obama administration's race to the top competition.

State superintendent Steve Paine says the charter school proposal wouldn't give up local school board autonomy nor change state personnel law.

Paine says charters schools won't pass the legislature if they threaten teacher job security.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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