Hale and Lee agreed those still were disputed topics, but both detailed others where the sides remain at odds.
The unions don't want to see hiring requirements eased in state law.
Tomblin, the state Department of Education and others say seniority is too large a factor in the process. Under current code, if the teacher applicant with the most seniority within a county is not chosen for a job, he or she must be given an explanation in writing. This causes administrators to opt for the most senior applicant, the governor and others have said.
The governor's bill would keep seniority as a factor but lessen its importance and thus give administrators more leeway in hiring.
Teach For America is a national nonprofit organization that recruits high-achieving college students and professionals to become teachers in high-need areas. Advocates for the program say current state law makes it practically impossible for participants to enter the classroom with the certification achieved through the program.
Unions say the program's training falls far short of that obtained by traditionally schooled teachers.
Tomblin considers the program worthwhile.
"Even though there are alternative forms of certification for teachers to get into the classroom, we're still facing . . . not having certified teachers in many classrooms across the state," he said.
"Teachers for America was just another option that some states have used, just another tool in our tool box to make sure we do get certified teachers in every classroom in West Virginia."
Lee was particularly irritated by the change in the provision addressing the program.
While the bill was revised so that program participants could teach in only middle or high schools, Lee said the only other switch was replacing the name "Teach For America" with "national teacher corps."
The substitute bill still doesn't adequately address Hale's issues with the school calendar, teacher transfers between schools during the year and certifications for aides in pre-k programs. She added, "They've got Saturday school in the bill still."
Lee said the revision includes changes in requirements concerning teacher planning periods that his union opposes. He also wishes the bill included more about teacher collaboration time or combating truancy and child poverty.
The union leaders have been hammering away at such concerns. Both Lee and Hale spoke at Senate Education Committee meetings Tuesday, and Hale held a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday.
Both want the chance to speak about the revised bill today when it is discussed in the Senate Education Committee.
"There has been agreement at the table of some changes that we had asked for. But I don't think we have come to agreement on most of the major issues," Hale said.
Tomblin said he thinks the unions understand a bill is going to pass, and they're not going to get everything they want. He said he wants to continue working with the organizations to alleviate their concerns.
Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, plans to bring the bill up for a vote today. The committee is scheduled to meet twice, at 2 and 5 p.m.