CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia legislators are returning to Charleston for a session that is expected to be dominated by proposals to improve the state's schools and to ease its overcrowded prison system.The 60-day session will begin at noon on Wednesday, and then adjourn in anticipation of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address in the evening.
A recently completed audit of the state's school system is expected to influence legislation. The study contrasted below average student performance with an inflexible system burdened by top-heavy bureaucracy.Bills also are expected based on a recently completed report on the state's prisons that recommended releasing some prisoners six months earlier into supervised programs. The state's prison commissioner has said overcrowding in prisons is at a "crisis level.''