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WVEA and WV-AFT Leaders Say True Reform Cannot Come without Increasing Teacher Pay

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The presidents of the teachers unions in West Virginia praised Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for some of his education reform ideas introduced Wednesday night during Tomblin’s State of the State Address but both say there’s one key piece missing.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee and West Virginia American Federation of Teachers President Judy Hale say there cannot be true reform unless there’s money for teacher pay raises.

“Many people don’t want to hear it, but we have to address that if we want to attract teachers into the profession,” Lee said.

The union presidents maintain more qualified teachers are needed in West Virginia and that will only come if teachers are paid more. AFT-WV President Hale says the teachers currently rank near the bottom in the U.S. in pay.

“The governor said that a good teacher is the most important to academic achievement but we can’t get that in West Virginia because we’re 48th in the country and our pay is not competitive,” Hale said.

Hale and Lee said they like many things the governor talked about including increasing four-year-old education and backing the career technical program into middle school.

But Hale says you can’t get too excited or too disappointed over what you hear in the State of the State Address.

“I’ve been around a long time and there are some red flags in there but it’s not what you start with but what you end up with in the end of the session. So I’m looking forwarded to working on it,” Hale said.

WEST FORK CONSERVATION DISTRICT: 2013 Speech and Poster Contest

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“Where Does Your Water Shed?” will be the theme for the West Fork Conservation District’s Annual Speech and Poster Contests.

These contests give youth a voice to express their thoughts and feelings about our environment and the effects, good and/or bad, that we as a society have on it.

The theme is taken from the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Soil Stewardship week.

The public speaking contest is open to all students in grades 4th through 12th. Students will compete in school, county and District levels. All school winners receive $10.00. County winners receive $25.00. District first place winners will receive either a savings bond for $200.00 or a scholarship to a conservation camp.

The poster contest is open to all students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Students compete in school, county and District levels. All school winners receive $10.00. County winners receive $25.00. District first place winners will receive either a savings bond for $100.00 or a scholarship to a conservation camp.

Teachers of county first place winners will be given $50.00 to be used towards classroom enhancement.

Both contests are open to public and private schools as well as students who are home schooled.


The dates are as follows:

•  School Contests – before March 08, 2013

•  County Contests – March 15, 2013

•  District Contest – March 22, 2013


If you have a student that wishes to participate in these worthwhile contests please contact your local school for materials or Robin Ward, Education Outreach Coordinator for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 or “robinward.wfcd@gmail.com”.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Tomblin Calls Out Public Education

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Governor Tomblin made it clear in his State of the State address last night that public education is THE top priority this legislative session.

Tomblin cut back on the laundry list approach to accomplishments and challenges that normally make-up the State of the State and instead used five of the 13 pages of the speech to talk about education reform.

It’s difficult to get an exact read on just how far his reform plan reaches.  We won’t see all the specifics until the bill is ready in about a week, but Tomblin did outline some of the key elements.

–Increased accountability for schools, teachers and principals for outcomes.

–Revised hiring rules that make it easier to hire the most qualified teacher rather than simply the person with the most seniority.

–Alternative qualification programs to help fill critical need positions in science, math and foreign languages.

–A retooling of the school calendar to try to ensure that students have 180 days of instruction as recommended by the state Constitution.

–Shifting more responsibility from Charleston back to communities so local school boards have more decision-making authority.

–A renewed emphasis on reading by guaranteeing that new elementary school teachers are specially trained in the discipline.

–Enrolling all four-year-olds in kindergarten.

And by the way, Tomblin plans to accomplish these goals by shifting around money within the education budget, not adding any new spending or tax increases.

This is a defining moment for public education in West Virginia.   Our low standardized test scores and high drop out rate show we’re falling behind.  School administrators are frustrated by all the red tape. Teachers, the most important variable in the education equation, are relegated to the end of the decision-making process.

The Governor, while detailing several of our education shortcomings last night, repeated the line, “This is not acceptable.”

And he’s right.

Last year’s comprehensive audit found we have one of the most inefficient school systems in the country.  The state Board of Education has embraced the audit and recommended reforms based on it.

And now in the State of the State–the most high-profile setting any politician has in West Virginia–the Governor has pledged to break up the tired old ways of public education, while reminding policy makers, “it is not about the adults, it is about the kids.”

Frankly, I doubt the Governor has gone far enough.   For example, he’s apparently going to pass on merit pay.  Rewarding teachers based on performance makes sense, but perhaps the Governor thought that was one battle he didn’t want to have with the teacher unions.

As for the unions, they need to realize that a convergence of forces has created a wave of momentum for change.  The Governor and key lawmakers appear to be onboard.

Movies This Week - 02.14.13

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A Good Day to Die Hard

Opens Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.

R - Violence and Language

New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane thinks his son is a criminal, so it comes as a shock when he learns that Jack is actually working undercover to protect Komarov (Sebastian Koch), a Russian government whistleblower. With their own lives on the line, McClane and Jack must overcome their differences in order to get Komarov to safety and thwart a potentially disastrous crime in the Chernobyl region.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser

Director: John Moore

Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

 

 

 

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Safe Haven

Opens Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min.

PG-13 - Thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality

An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders, Noah Lomax

Director: Lasse Hallström

Genres: Drama, Romance

 

 

 

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Beautiful Creatures

Opens Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Runtime: 2 hrs. 3 min.

PG-13 - Violence, scary images and some sexual material

A supernatural love story set in the South which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. The film is based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

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Escape from Planet Earth

Opens Friday, February 15, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min.

PG - Some Mild Rude Humor and Action

On the planet Baab, dashing astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero and master of daring rescues. However, Scorch does not work alone; his nerdy brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA, often lends quiet, behind-the-scenes support. When a distress signal arrives from a dangerous planet, Scorch ignores Gary’s warnings and sets out on a rescue mission. Scorch soon finds himself caught in a trap set by an evil enemy, and it’s up to Gary to save him.

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara

Director: Cal Brunker

Genres: Action/Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

Sustainable Schools Summit Scheduled for April 28-29, 2013

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Registration is open for the second Sustainable Schools West Virginia Summit, scheduled for April 28-29 at the Ramada Inn in Charleston.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and ZMM Architects and Engineers, the Summit is designed to bring together educational leaders in primary, secondary and post-secondary education to discuss the important roles schools, colleges and universities have in creating sustainable campuses across West Virginia.

The Summit’s goal is to lay the foundation for networking and sharing ideas and resources. It hopes to bridge the gap among primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools and curricula and contribute to growing Sustainable Schools in West Virginia.

The Summit is free and is open to fiscal and financial officers; facilities, maintenance or operations professionals; civic engagement or community volunteer coordinators; and, sustainability directors from all levels of education.

A reception is scheduled from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on April 28, 2013.

The Summit will run from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on April 29, 2013.

The Summit agenda will be available soon. The registration deadline is April 01, 2013.

To register or for more information, click H E R E .

Is West Virginia Education System Ready to Change?

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It may not have been formally called that but West Virginia State School Superintendent Jim Phares essentially gave a State of Education Address to members of the House and Senate education committees Tuesday on the eve of the beginning of the 60-day regular legislative session.

Education reform is expected to be one of the major topics of discussion during the session and Phares told lawmakers he was not about to “sugarcoat” the problems.

He shared some numbers from the 2011 national assessment tests.

“Grade 4 mathematics, West Virginia was 45th in the nation. In Grade 4 reading, West Virginia was 43rd in the nation. In 2011, Grade 8 mathematics and reading, West Virginia was 47th in the nation,” Phares said.

The superintendent told lawmakers he has been traveling the state for the past month meeting with county school boards and hearing from teachers and principals.

He says they know change is needed. Phares says it is unfair to put all of the blame on teachers for the achievement issues.

“It’s time for all of us to stop beating them down,” he said. “It’s time for all of us to start lifting them up”

Phares says teachers want to teach and principals want to lead but bureaucracy has held many of them back.

“We have a myriad of statues and policies that are embedded throughout our educational structures in West Virginia and there are barriers for educators to be able to do their jobs as we expect them to do. They tell us this each day,” Phares said.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to lay out several educational reforms during his State of the State Address Wednesday night.

Lawmakers will have those and others to consider. Superintendent Phares urged the delegates and senators to “channel the debate” while being ” both wise and courageous.”

“We must do better,” Phares said.

~~  Jeff Jenkins ~~

Glenville: Free Imagery and Clay Workshop

Ceramic artist Jason Kiley will visit the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center on Thursday, February 21, 2013 to give a free presentation about his art.

Kiley is a ceramic artist who creates working pottery and sculptures. He is the Ceramic Technician at Marshall University in Huntington.

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The Imagery and Clay seminar will take place from 12:30 PM until 1:15 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Gallery.

It will be followed by a workshop and demonstration which will take place from 1:30 PM until 2:15 PM in Room FA 237.

During the artist talk, Kiley will talk about his influences in art and how he uses imagery in his work to create implied narratives. Following his talk, Kiley will go into the specifics on how he puts imagery into ceramic form during the workshop/demo.

“One common thread that runs through all the work that I create is an implied narrative.  Whether I am using two dimensional imagery or three dimensional forms, when viewed together, the imagery seems as if it tells a story.” said Kiley.

For more information on this event, contact GSC Assistant Professor of Art Liza Brenner at “Liza.Brenner@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6346.

GSC Theater Group Members Performing “Robin Hood” - 02.20.13 - 02.22.13

Rehearsals are underway for the Glenville State College Theatre production ‘Robin Hood.’ The play will run Wednesday, February 20, 2013 through Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM each night in the GSC Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.

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•  The lead role of Robin Hood will be played by Shane Lehman, a junior English major from Fostoria, Ohio.

•  Freshman biology major Vincent Nolte from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia will play Will Scarlet.

•  Friar Tuck will be played by freshmen music education major Travis Pierson of Milton (Cabell County), West Virginia.

•  Logan Carpenter, a sophomore elementary education major from Hacker Valley (Webster County), West Virginia will play Much Miller.

•  The role of Little John will be filled by Brandon Nelson, a junior computer and information systems major from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  Marion will be played by GSC 2011 graduate and Hidden Promise Scholar Consortium Coordinator Whitney Stalnaker of Glenville (Gilmer County) West Virginia.

•  Samantha Wolford, a junior mathematics education major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia, will play the role of Gwendolyn.

•  Cecily will be played by Jamie Stanley, a junior psychology major from Point Pleasant (Mason County), West Virginia.

•  Junior natural resource management Brittany Ferguson of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia will portray Alice.

•  Kayla Jarvis, a freshman elementary education and early education major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia, will play Gillian.

•  Traci Kelley, a freshman criminal justice major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia will perform as both Mathilda and Mrs. Aristocrat.

•  The role of Peter will be played by Patrick Montgomery, a theater volunteer from Sand Fork (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  Robert Hensley, a general studies freshman from Dundalk, Maryland, will play the role of both William Makepeace and Mr. Aristocrat.

•  Jonathan and Jenny Summers will be played by Sebastian and Isabel Morris, theater volunteers and children of GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department Chair Dr. Gary Morris who is also in the production. All three are residents of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  Dr. Morris plays the role of Robert Summers and the Bishop of York.

•  Prince John will be played by Elderied McKinney, a senior management major from West Bloomfield, Michigan.

•  The Sheriff of Nottingham will be played by Eric W. Jones of Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia, a freshman management major.

•  Jace Parker, a sophomore English education major from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia will play the role of Bad Friar.


GSC Professor of Communications Dennis Wemm said, “The play will be presented in two formats. A longer version will take place in the evenings that will include the entire show and be geared toward college students and community members. A shorter free version will also take place for elementary school students during the daytime.”

Wemm says the story is about one of the greatest characters of English folk legend. It has been made into endless legends, story collections, plays, movies, ballets and operas. The performance is recommended for ages 13 to adult.

General admission is $3.00, and GSC students with IDs get in for free.

For more information, contact Wemm at “Dennis.Wemm@glenville.edu” or call 304.462.6323.

WV Record: Court Ruled Man Owed Gilmer Public Service District’s Court Costs

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The WV Record Reports:

The state Supreme Court ruled last year that a magistrate was correct to not only dismiss a Gilmer County man’s breach of contract suit against the county’s public service district, but also order him to pay court costs.

The court on May 29 upheld Gilmer Circuit Judge Richard A. Facemire’s ruling affirming Special Magistrate Richard G. Postalwait’s October 07, 2010, decision dismissing John Zsigray’s suit against the Gilmer County Public Service District.

In a unanimous, four-page memorandum opinion, the court agreed with Facemire that Postalwait properly determined Zsigray, 58 and a Glenville resident, lacked standing to sue GCPSD, and did not abuse his discretion in ordering Zsigray to pay $671.

Memorandum opinions are issued by the Court in cases that would not be significantly aided by oral arguments and present no new or significant questions of law.

According to court records, Zsigray’s wife, Jeannie Marsh, on an unspecified date signed a contract to have GCPSD install a tap on their property. Only Marsh’s signature was on the contract.

After the tap was installed on the wrong property, Zsigray on January 28, 2010, filed suit for recovery of the fees Marsh paid GCPSD. When he filed the suit, Zsigray only listed himself as a plaintiff.

Following motions filed by GCPSD, Gilmer magistrates Robert Minigh and Carol Wolfe voluntarily recused themselves from the case. On an unspecified date, Postalwait, a magistrate from neighboring Calhoun County, was appointed to hear it.

According to court records, at a July 19, 2010, pre-trial conference, Postalwait entered a scheduling order that included a trial date for later in October. On September 22, 2010, Zsigray filed motion to include Marsh as a co-plaintiff.

On the day of trial, GCPSD objected to Zsigray’s motion on the grounds it was not served with it. Postalwait dismissed the case, and ordered Zsigray to pay the $671 tab to summons a jury.

Immediately, Zsigray appealed Postalwait’s decision to Gilmer Circuit Court. Following a Nov. 29, 2010, status conference hearing, Facemire not only upheld Postalwait’s decision, but also ordered Zsigray to pay an additional $145 for appealing it.

In upholding Facemire’s and Postalwait’s rulings, the court made reference to its opinions in the 2002 and 2010 cases of Findlay v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Carper v. Watson. Since Zsigray not only lacked standing to file the suit, but was also warned at the pre-trial conference about it, the court said Postalwait correctly dismissed the suit when Zsigray failed to add Marsh by the trial date and assess him court costs for essentially filing a frivolous suit.

“In the present case,” the court said, “[Zsigray] had neither standing nor a legally protected interest.

“Moreover, [his] pro se motion to add his wife as a plaintiff was not filed in accordance with the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure for Magistrate Courts, as he did not serve the motion on opposing counsel.”

“Given the facts of this case, this Court finds no error in the circuit court’s decision to affirm the magistrate court’s dismissal of this action.”

GCPSD was represented by former Gilmer County Prosecutor Shelly Morris DeMarino. She was paid $1,803 to defend it in Zsigray’s suit.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, case number 11-0577
Gilmer Circuit Court, case number 10-CAP-30

~~  LAWRENCE SMITH ~~

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OddlyEnough™: Moron ATF Agent Seizes 30 Toy Guns! Says They Can Be Converted!

This is unbelievable.

If this nation is in such bad shape that our government employees are this stupid, heaven help us!

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Audit Slams Router Purchases

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We don’t expect the government to be perfect or even terribly efficient, at least by private sector standards, but it should at least perform due diligence when spending taxpayer dollars.

However, a just-released report by the West Virginia Legislative Auditor finds that the state’s Office of Technology (OT) and the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) failed miserably on a multi-million dollar purchase of Internet routers for public schools, libraries and state police barracks.

First, the background:

In 2010, the state paid $24 million in federal stimulus money to Cisco for 1,164 Internet routers.  A router is a piece of equipment that connects computer networks.

Charleston Gazette reporter Eric Eyre began investigating the purchases, revealing that the state significantly overspent for routers that provided much more capacity than most of the locations required, now or in the future.

That triggered an investigation by the Legislative Auditor.  Its report details just how poorly the deal was executed and how much money was wasted.

The audit found:

–The majority of the routers were way over the needed capacity and thus unnecessary.

–The state could have saved at least $8 million by following Cisco’s own literature recommendations and bought lower capacity routers that would have easily met the Internet requirements.

–The routers don’t work with the state police voice over Internet (VoIP) phone system, so they have been installed in only two locations.  The state will have to spend another $85,000 to buy additional equipment to make them work.

–Some state agencies did not do a proper survey before the purchases to find out the kind of routers needed.

–The State Purchasing Division allowed the Office of Technology to bypass state law in purchasing the routers from Cisco without going through the bid process.  Competitive bidding could have saved the state millions.

How did this happen?

Clearly, several state agencies involved in the router deal dropped the ball.  However, the audit also points a finger at Cisco, suggesting that the company showed a “wanton indifference to the interests of the public.”

“The Legislative Auditor believes that Cisco sales representatives and engineers had a moral responsibility to propose a plan which reasonably complied with Cisco’s own engineering standards,” the report says.

Perhaps, but up-selling is nothing new, and with billions in federal stimulus money being pushed through, it’s doubtful West Virginia is the only place where taxpayer dollars have been wasted.

However, as the audit reveals, in this case our state government was either negligent or a willing participant in this fiscal fiasco.

G-otcha™: Buckwild Cast Member, Two Others Arrested for Drugs

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Amin,  Salwa
Height: 5’  2"
Weight: 115 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.29.1988
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-56-59 NICHOLAS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $200,000.00

 

Salwa Amin, a member of the cast of the hit MTV show “Buckwild,” was arrested Sunday evening, along with two other people, by members of the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.

Amin was arrested along with Shawn Booker, age 42, of Detroit, Michigan and Jason Jones, age 31, of Summersville, WV.

All three are charged with possession with intent to distribute and three counts of conspiracy.

Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam said Monday members of the task force learned from a confidential drug informant a load of drugs was coming into the area from Michigan on Sunday.

Officers staked out a home in the area and observed the vehicle with Michigan plates roll up.

Observing officers watched heavy foot traffic in and out of the home indicating drug activity and obtained a search warrant.

“When they executed the search warrant they found these three individuals in a shed outside the residence,” said Milam.

“The search resulted in a purse belonging to Salwa and oxycodone was found in her purse.  Shawn Booker was in possession of a large amount of money and inside the shed were three packages of heroin.”

Milam said they learned from one of the three there was a plan to further distribute the drugs in the area.

“The Jones subject gave a statement and indicated both Amin and Booker had travelled here for the purpose of distributing those narcotics to people in the county,” Prosecutor Milam said.

All three individuals were arraigned before a Nicholas County Magistrate Monday morning.  Bond is set for all three at $200,000 each.  They are lodged in the Central Regional Jail at Flatwoods in lieu of bond.

A preliminary hearing will be set for all three within 10-days.

Amin is one of the nine young people featured on the hit MTV series which follows their lives in and around Kanawha County and other locations in West Virginia.

The arrest comes a week after MTV announced plans for a second season for the series.

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Booker,  Shawn  Laprell
Height: 5’  8"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.17.1969
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-52-55 NICHOLAS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $200,000.00

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Jones,  Jason  Daniel
Height: 6’  0"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.27.1981
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F- NICHOLAS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $200,000.00

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WVAFT Calling for Better Fund Distribution in Education

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The head of the West Virginia Federation of Teachers says the legislature and the Tomblin Administration have a tremendous opportunity to change the state’s education system for the better.  However, Judy Hale says there are key steps in the process.

She believes the top priority of any reform should be the reallocation of the money already being spent on education in the state.

“Taxpayers in West Virginia have been very generous to education,  I don’t think there’s an issue about being enough money for a pay raise.  I think there is an issue about how that money is distributed,”  said Hale.

Governor Tomblin has already proclaimed there will be no pay raises with so much pressure on this year’s budget.  Hale believes there’s plenty of money for raises without any new funding.  She is critical of top-heavy administration in the RESA’s, the state Department of Education, and among county administrators. 

“We need to take the RESA money and put it in the counties,”  she said. “We need to put it at the school level where principals and teacher leaders should be making decisions about what should be done in that school.”

Governor Tomblin is expected to base his education reforms at least partially on an education audit of the state.  The results of the audit are startling about the state’s education system.

“Why don’t we take this audit and use it as an opportunity to redistribute the money that is available ,”  Hale explained. “So we can begin to have competitive pay and put highly qualified teachers in our classroom.”

The teachers unions have sacred cows of their own.  Using seniority as a pay scale has long been basis for teacher pay.  Some believe it should transition to merit pay with bonuses and other lucrative ways to improve the salaries of educators.  But Hale defends the seniority status as a pay scale.

“There is no research that says any kind of seniority law improves academic achievement,” said Hale. “Doing away with it, making it more, there’s no research that says it’s going to approve academic achievement.”

She said the union would be more inclined to support some of the more controversial measures, such as year round school, if it is the will of the schools and the community to go in those directions and to apply for innovation zone programs to implement those measures.

~~  Chris Lawrence - WVMN ~~

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