Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 05, 2013 @ 7:32PM
Created on March 05, 2013 @ 6:18PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The battle lines are drawn as groups representing West Virginia teachers target Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed public schools overhaul.
The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association are appearing Tuesday before the Senate Education Committee to discuss Tomblin's legislation.
Provisions opposed by the groups include several that would change teacher hiring and transfers.
A coalition of 40 business groups, meanwhile, has emerged to support the legislation. It includes the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, which launched a multimedia ad campaign Tuesday.
The administration has been meeting behind closed doors with the teachers' groups to resolve differences. Officials have also sought to rebut some of their allegations. For instance, the governor pledged Tuesday that he's not trying to abolish paid holidays or allow school on Saturdays.
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