"The counties have a legitimate interest in that this is being forced on them without any additional funding, and obviously the teachers have an interest in that if they're being asked to do this without compensation, they may not want to do it ...
"Probably neither side is happy right now, but we've done the best we could."
The policy will go into effect under emergency rule, taking effect July 1, with the rest of the new education reform law. It will be out on public comment for 30 days, even after it has taken effect.
Teachers union officials hope to use that time to get the rest of their recommendations reflected in policy revision.
WVEA President Dale Lee expressed concern that this comment period comes over summer break, when it is harder for teachers to participate. He said that's because the new policy wasn't completed until this week, just before the board needed to vote on it.
"This bill was passed in March ... We immediately voiced our concerns with this when we saw the written bill," he said.
"We felt like there was ample time to get changes made in hiring rules rather than doing it over the summer here."
The new policy is meant to give schools greater flexibility in selecting new teachers.
Under the policy, schools are able to establish a faculty committee to help in teacher selection and make a joint recommendation with the school's principal and the county superintendent.
State school officials are touting it as a way to shift control to the local level, giving teachers more control over the composition of their school community.
"This is a substantial sea change in the way we hire people in West Virginia," Jackson said. "I think that's unimaginable empowerment for teachers."
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