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UPDATE: Tomblin signs education bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's attempt to improve West Virginia public schools is becoming law.

The governor signed his wide-ranging education measure Wednesday. The Capitol ceremony attracted lawmakers from both parties as well as other supporters.

The new law offers counties more leeway for setting school calendars and hiring educators. It offers to help teachers in critical need areas with student loans. Nationally certified teachers will be paid to renew that prized status.

Other provisions aid Tomblin's goals for third-grade reading and college and career readiness.

Lawmakers amended the measure to require personnel cuts at the state Department of Education. The legislation takes effect June 20.

A coalition of employers and business groups including the state Chamber of Commerce championed the bill. It also reflects concessions to teachers and school workers.

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