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Workers at W.Va. Schools for Deaf and Blind ask board to reconsider new job requirement

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind are asking the state Board of Education to reconsider a new policy requiring them to obtain an associate's degree.

Media outlets report that a group of workers and parents spoke out against the policy during the board's meeting on Wednesday in Charleston.

The policy will affect 35 employees who work during non-instructional hours with students who live in the Romney schools' dorms. Their jobs are being changed to residential care specialists. They have until 2018 to obtain an associate's degree in child development, psychology, social work or a related field.

But there's no guarantee they will be rehired.

Employee Cathy Evans told the board that the workers don't need additional training.

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