Vision Shared: Education Audit Hearings near End
The last in a series of public hearings focused on portions of the comprehensive audit of West Virginia’s education system will be held early next month in Huntington.
In all, Vision Shared has organized nine such meetings to gather input on the parts of the audit, released earlier this year, that deal specifically with education delivery for teachers and students.
“We looked at it from what we thought was mostly likely to directly impact students,“ Vision Shared Rebecca Randolph said on MetroNews Talkline.
“We have an education focus, a workforce focus, entrepreneurship focus and an innovative economy focus.“
Public Works and MGT of America conducted the audit which includes the results of surveys, community meetings and other assessment methods for a full look at West Virginia’s education system.
It offered 51 findings and recommendations for large scale changes to improve education for students.
No action was taken on the audit during the 2012 Regular Legislative Session.
Officials with the West Virginia Department of Education and members of the Legislature are currently reviewing the audit which concluded that West Virginia has one of the most regulated education systems in the entire country.
Overall, Randolph says she thinks there is a move to make big changes in West Virginia’s education system.
“Folks know that we need to do that to remain competitive, not just in the United States or in our region, but in the world,“ she said.
“I know that from the discussions that we’ve had, there is a willingness to come together.“
A public hearing on the audit was scheduled for Wednesday night in Beckley.