W.Va. Bill Would Put Administrators In Classrooms

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The West Virginia Senate will vote on a bill that would require certain school administrators to serve as substitute teachers.

The bill would exempt county superintendents but would require any other administrator with a teaching certificate to substitute teach three days per year.

The bill's sponsor Sen. Larry Edgell said that there are three purposes to the bill. Most importantly the bill would help address a critical shortage of substitute teachers in rural districts. It would also save money by reducing the number of substitutes that the state must hire. And Edgell said that it will help administrators to see the practical effects of their policies playing out in the schools.

Both major West Virginia teachers groups support the bill.

The Senate will vote on the bill on Wednesday.