New State Superintendent Asks Lawmakers for Help This Session

West Virginia's new state schools superintendent wants the Legislature to take it easy on teachers and administrators during its upcoming session. Superintendent Jim Phares on Tuesday said it's clear that students lag behind peers in other parts of the country in some academic categories. Phares also reminded the House-Senate interim Education Committee that the state school board has largely embraced the recent audit critical of the current education system. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to push several audit recommendations during the session, which starts today. Phares says teachers and principals are vital to improving student performance and should be supported.