19 May 2010

Legislative Loggerheads

With the Senate and House each taking Gov. Joe Manchin's education proposals in a different direction, their fate "remains uncertain," The Associated Press reports.

While 15 other bills have passed during the special session, scrutiny continues for the eight measures aimed at public schools.

The Senate has passed versions of nearly all of them that either embrace Manchin's intent or take it one or more steps further. The House has killed one of the measures through its Education Committee, and has gutted or scaled back several others.

"The two chambers have passed dueling versions of one measure that would reconfigure in-school oversight teams," the article said. "Similar conflicts are shaping up over bills to increase student health screenings, require annual teacher evaluations and allow alternative paths to certify educators."

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