December 11, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 25



In a major setback for one of the nation's boldest private school choice models, a judge in Louisiana has ruled that the state's new voucher program violates the state's constitution. A lawsuit argued that it improperly allowed money from the school funding formula to be diverted from public to private and religious schools. Governor Bobby Jindal, who championed the law, vowed to appeal the decision.
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“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” – Tao Te Ching



“Invariably, we find ourselves talking about the adults and not the kids, and we’ve done that right here. If we need to send people from this department to the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs } to see that schools perform better and our kids perform better, then that’s what we ought to do.” – state school board President Wade Linger

“We  have fought this battle about getting kids in school 180 days for decades, and we’ve mostly been unsuccessful in getting that accomplished the way people define it. There’s lots of reasons for that, most of which are totally institutional things by groups that just don’t want to see anything change.” – state school board member Lloyd Jackson

 “This is a living document. This will continue to evolve for a long time, perhaps as long as we’re alive.” – state school board member Mike Green on the board’s audit response

“The board is committed to changing a policy that encourages business as usual. No more building-delivered, teacher-focused, time-bound learning. We are not satisfied with our current levels of performance and progress.” – Wade Linger

“Why do we have the Department of Education? Why can’t we eliminate it and return powers to the county level, supposedly where we’re trying to fix it anyway?” – Delegate Brian Savilla

“Let’s be very, very blunt about this. What we’re doing has not worked, and if we don’t make some changes – and this is where I agree with you – if we don’t make changes, we’re not going to be able to provide the workforce for the 21st century. We’re already in the 21st century and we’re behind. We’re going to be recruiting people to fill positions that need technology backgrounds, because we’re not going to be providing those. So we have to do that.” – Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale

“We used the term 56th district just as sort of a euphemism to say the virtual schools need to be funded according to the level of demand of how many students need to participate in that program. Right now, basically, there’s a certain level of funding, and we do the best we can with that funding.” – Wade Linger

“Many members found no sense of urgency within the department to address some of the issues that have been outlined. When discussing concerns, we were often met with excuses and not action. Too often, we were told how things can’t change instead of being offered solutions. When current practices were challenged, we often found that people were defensive. Considering everything just outlined in this statement, I believe we needed a change in direction, and in order to do that, we needed a change in leadership.” – Wade Linger

“Schools aren’t businesses and kids aren’t made in factories. Dr. Marple understood that. She was a teacher and an administrator. She has turned around low-performing schools and written books on the systematic change in our schools. She is a nationally recognized educator with tons of classroom and real life experience in our public schools. Can any of you make the same claim?” – WVEA President Dale Lee

 “We do not do national standards, and I would be very much against having national standards, because we at the state are responsible for what's happening in West Virginia.” – Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale on state standards for educational materials
“We should be working to increase speech, not limiting it.” – Jeremy Dys, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, on his opposition to the state school board’s anti-bullying policy.

“I don’t always agree with the department, but frankly, I don’t think it’s one person.” – Sen. Erik Wells





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