CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill requiring that school administrators serve as substitute teachers for three days each year.
The bill passed Wednesday gives exemptions to county superintendents and administrators who have never held a teaching or administrative certificate.
Existing state law declares that West Virginia faces a critical shortage of substitute teachers, especially in rural counties.
The bill's sponsor Sen. Larry Edgell said that the bill would help address the shortage and would save counties money on hiring extra substitutes.
Edgell also said that it was good for administrators to see the effects of their policies play out in the classrooms.
Both groups that represent teachers in the state support the measure.
The bill passed 33-4 and will now be considered by the House.