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CHARLESTON (AP) -

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education proposal is heading to the House of Delegates after some final changes by the West Virginia Senate.

Senators amended and then unanimously passed the bill Monday. Attempts to change the bill had postponed a scheduled vote Friday.

The amendment adds new criteria for teacher hiring. It gives extra weight to recommendations from principals and faculty senates.

The changes also reduce from 12 to six the days Tomblin proposed freeing in the school calendar to ensure 180 days of instruction.

Out of the bill is Tomblin's invitation to Teach for America. Lawmakers will instead study alternative ways to certify teachers.

Senate passage followed talks with House lawmakers and groups representing teachers. Those organizations pushed for Monday's changes to Tomblin's proposed rewriting of hiring and transfer policies.

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