March 11, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 17



A Virginia middle school student has been suspended after opening a door for a female visitor whose arms were full. Students are banned from opening exterior doors, and school superintendent Charles Turner said that gallantry is no excuse. “You have to have a system and that system has to be consistent,” Turner said. – The Week, March 11, 2011. 


“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it” - Sir William John Haley 1901-1987), director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from 1944 to 1952, editor of The Times of London from 1952 to 1966, and editor in chief of the Encyclopædia Britannica from 1968 to 1969. 


“It really addresses the needs of children and public education by…recognizing that it’s a state obligation not a county [obligation]. It frees up dollars in all of our counties, many of whom would have been in deficit with this and now have the money to put back into the kids.” – West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee on the House version of the OPEB bill

“Our Rainy Day Fund is one of the best in the country. While other states have completely drained their rainy day funds, we have never had to dip into our Rainy Day Fund with the exception of natural disasters, whether it be floods, blizzards or whatever. One of the reasons that Wall Street continues to upgrade our credit rating, our bond rating, is the fact that our Rainy Day Fund is solvent.” – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, explaining why he opposes using the Rainy Day Fund to pay down the OPEB liability 

“We make our best decisions when we have data on which to make those decisions.” – Sen. Richard Browning, who amended a bill to require schools to report incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying so lawmakers can learn what kinds of incidents are occurring 

“I was told today that we would be the leader in the nation by going down this road, because we would be the first state to have a centralized crisis response management plan that everyone could hook into and have a uniform code of process of being able to do this.” – Delegate Stan Shaver on a bill to require crisis response plans for schools

“Overall, I think we have some good legislation out there.” – House Education Committee Chairwoman Mary Poling

“As it relates to amount of bills passed, I think it’s more the quality of the bills that you’re passing than the quantity.” – Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale

“I would prefer multi-year [pay raises], but we’ll see what the conferees come up with and work diligently toward increasing the salary to ensure that every child in West Virginia has a certified teacher in front of them.” – WVEA President Dale Lee

“Under the Capitol Dome, the voices of constituent groups do matter. Unlike the insulated world of Washington politics, legislators in Charleston are very close to voters. No decision is made without considering the political component. Critics will dismiss this reality as the scourge of “politics as usual,” but this is our process, one that is best understood and used rather than held in contempt…” – Hoppy Kercheval – MetroNews Commentary March 8, 2011. 





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