When it comes to changing education in the state, the legislative session did not stop after the House and Senate passed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's reform measure.
In fact, by Wednesday the House is poised to have passed more than 10 education-related measures this session that have nothing to do with Tomblin's proposal.
"As a matter of fact, I think it was perceived that we sat and waited for the governor's bill," said House Education Committee Chairwoman Mary Poling, D-Barbour.
"We were actively working with the speaker's appointed committee to follow up on the audit and other issues. Some of that legislation was actually in the works as we also paid attention to what was in the governor's bill."
The results of an audit on the efficiency of the state's education system were released in January 2012. The report was heralded and challenged, but Tomblin and lawmakers said it would play a major role in any education measures crafted this session.
When Tomblin's legislation passed the House, Republican delegates in particular bemoaned a perceived lack of attention to the audit recommendations. Specifically, House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, questioned why the measure did nothing to address the amount of bureaucracy at the Department of Education.
"I think with the governor's bill there was attention to some issues from the audit but certainly not all of them," Poling said. "So a bill was passed (Thursday) to put (a legislative committee) with a specific charge of continual follow up with the Department of Education with audit issues."
The measure, House Bill 3158, calls on the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability to follow up on seven specific areas, Poling said.
Those are: preparing students for the workforce; improving career and technical education programs; increased control for local school boards; increased efficiency system-wide; performance on standardized tests; requiring the state board of education to show the committee its plan for leaving county schools systems it controls; and creating a career development program that promotes the teaching profession.
Poling is the lead sponsor on that bill. The House approved the measure by a 99 to 0 vote (one member was absent) and it was introduced in the Senate last week.
A measure approved by the House Judiciary Committee Friday also specifically mentions the audit.
The legislation, House Bill 3157, aims to "restore" flexibility and authority for local schools with county school systems.
"The Audit report focuses on how the system can be better designed to meet the needs of students," the bill reads.