February 3, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 7



Indiana's public schools would be allowed to teach creationism in science classes as long as they include origin of life theories from multiple religions under a proposal approved by the Senate. Senate Bill 89 permits local school boards to offer classes that include origin theories from religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Scientology. (Northwest Indiana Times 01/31/12)


“The noble title of ‘dissident’must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement.”  - Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), British American author, essayist and journalist .



“It’s about student engagement. It’s about being able to take these children who live in this highly technical world and keep them engaged in the classroom.” – Supt. Jorea Marple on the Education Department’s legislative package

“So for county superintendents and boards, if the OPEB liability is not addressed, then they would be forced to reduce programming, which will impact student achievement and engagement.” – Supt. Marple

“I can’t be more passionate about anything in terms of our need to address together technology. It has direct impact on student achievement, student engagement, student attendance and students’ love for learning.” – Supt. Marple

“Some of the counties where those [salaries] were identified as priority needs did not use the money for those needs. They used them elsewhere.” – House Education Chairwoman Mary Poling on use of local share funds

“We have to build a broad curriculum and have staffing in place that allows children to find opportunities for success in areas where they have talent and interest. Then the magic will happen in increasing reading and math scores, as well as science.” – Supt. Marple

“I see kids being stretched thinner and thinner and thinner. At some point, you can’t keep beating the horse harder and stretching the faculty thinner and beating the students harder and stretching them thinner. In our thrust to thinking greater quantity will result in better test scores, I think, we’re missing the point.” – Delegate Bill Anderson

“We’re going to take care of the OPEB debt. And we’re going to put $5 million aside a year for those teachers that were hired in the year 2010, because they get no health care benefits or options. We’re going to have some money in there somewhere down the line to maybe help those folks. So we’re good managers of our money.” – Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso

“We had an audit that told what a lot of us already knew. We have a bloated bureaucracy.” – House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White on the education efficiency audit

“There’s only two options: You either cut those services or you raise some kind of fee or tax, and I don’t think there’s any appetite for raising taxes.” Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso on dealing with a tight budget

“We take our roles seriously, working diligently for our students within a variety of constraints, constitutional and even statutory. We can and do make a difference for the students of West Virginia.” – WVSBA President Sis Murray

“Research has shown that decisions of school boards have a greater long-term impact of the communities they serve than any other elected body at any level of government.” – Monongalia County school board President Barbara Parsons





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Jim J. Crawford Sr. (Kanawha).

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Vincit omnia veritas “Truth conquers all”