19 May 2010

Taking a Break

With the House and Senate increasingly at odds over Gov. Joe Manchin's education proposals, the Legislature has halted its special session with plans to try again June 7, The Associated Press reports.

Seven days into the session, lawmakers had passed 15 other bills from the governor's agenda but none of its eight school-related measures, the article said.

"Hours before the announced pause, senators voted 9-18 to defeat that chamber's version of Manchin's proposed merit-pay boosts for educators," AP reported. "The House Education Committee had previously scuttled a separate measure addressing low-performing schools."

As a consequence of the delay, "West Virginia is dropping its bid for up to $75 million in federal Race to the Top funds," the article said. The application was due June 1.

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