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  •  Been watching WV from afar (4+ / 0-)

    I'm a former state resident and still read the local papers. The state's "Education Efficiency Audit" that's recently been put forward seems to have all the quackery of every other quick fix plan that's been floated through the rest of the Statehouses- merit pay, TFA recruits in the classroom, amorphous links to student performance.  I'd really like to see somebody compare the recommendations to any other report that the consultants have put out for overall copy & paste offenses.  

    The state teachers group just submitted their comments about the audit to the statehouse and apparently disagreed with a whole lot of the recommendations. The reporting from the big papers has been less than positive about that interaction and hasn't laid out the whole process very well for readers.

    Now the WV governor was just sworn in again and education reform was his new theme- it's just a train wreck waiting to happen. For a state where one of the biggest employers is often the county schools, this will be a hot issue.  Add in the fact that decades of threatened school consolidation schemes have made the topic of school reform practically feud-worthy, and it's sure to be a discussion filled with economic self-interest and politics.

    "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

    by histopresto on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:17:29 PM PST

    •  however there is 1 interesting thing in WV (3+ / 0-)

      and that is what is going on in MacDowell County, the poorest county in the state, where among other groups cooperating to improve education there is the AFT.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:19:30 PM PST

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      •  My family is from a county or two away. (2+ / 0-)
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        Anything, and I mean anything, that gets coalfields kids a chance for an education that's enough to get them a college slot is an amazing possibility. We have teachers on one side of the family, and folks who never learned to read effectively on the other, so I got the value of education hammered into my head like you wouldn't believe.

        "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

        by histopresto on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:25:11 PM PST

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