April 12, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 19

New Jersey education officials released "performance reports" on every school, saying new categories for student growth, absenteeism, success in advanced courses, college readiness based on SAT scores, and other measures will give parents more information than the report cards of the past -- and create more pressure for schools to improve. (, 04/11/13)





The Ox And The Frog

“An ox drinking at a pool trod on a brood of young
frogs, crushing one of them to death. The mother
came up and, noticing one of her sons missing, asked
his brothers what had become of him. ‘He is dead,’
said one of the frogs. ‘Just now a huge beast with
four big feet came to the pool and crushed him.’ The
mother frog, puffing herself out, inquired, ‘Big? He
can’t be bigger than I.’ ‘Don’t’ bother to puff yourself
out, Mother,’ said her son. ‘Even if you were to burst
yourself, you wouldn’t be a fraction of his size.”
Moral: Men are ruined by attempting a greatness at
which they have no chance.

— The Fables of Aesop. Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995.


“I’m extremely proud of the bill I am signing today. I believe it truly reforms our education system. Its changes are real, and it will improve the lives of our kids by focusing not only on the quantity but the quality of time our children spend in the classroom.”  -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Senate Bill 359, the education reform bill

“We will ensure that the necessary follow-through takes place for the benefit of our students.” – state school board President Wade Linger on the education reform bill

“No one got everything they wanted, but everyone got something they wanted. We truly believe that the provisions in this bill are things that are going to help student achievement. And we also agree that this is only the beginning.” – Christine Campbell, incoming president of AFT-WV

“I was a doubting Thomas before. I didn’t think it would work.” – Supt. Jim Phares on his change of mind about the value of providing all students with free meals at school

“Perhaps we’re taking resources that could be used very well in another area and using them to feed children who don’t have the need.” – Delegate Paul Espinosa on misgivings about the Feed to Achieve bill

“I just think that we could really have the opportunity here to set a standard for the nation to look to us as a model.” – House Majority Leader Brent Boggs on Feed to Achieve

“West Virginia could end up being a bit of a petri dish and an example to the rest of the nation. You could be a leader in getting this thing right. And if you can get this thing right and get it studied and make sure that the impact of it is measured – because it is measurable – you could end up being the example that this nation is actually desperately looking for on how to get it right.” – Lori Silverbush, a filmmaker, on Feed to Achieve

“I guess poverty is almost like a prison, and we also treat them the same way. Once you get a job, we think you’re done, so they kind of put you out, they shut the door and there you are with your bags, and there’s no reintegration back into society. And all of a sudden this Cliff Effect occurs.” – Senate Majority Leader John Unger, lead sponsor of the Feed to Achieve bill

“One of the things that I particularly like about the Feed to Achieve legislation is that it requires educators to form partnerships with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Resources. We need more collaboration. School food in the United States has really been in a kind of a silo.” – Janet Poppendieck, sociology professor and author

“One problem is the stigma that when kids know there are three levels, they want to make sure that they are not seen as being in the poor kids’ group.” – Janet Poppendieck

“We all know that children have to have nourishment. They have to have a full stomach if they’re going to reach their potential as far as learning.” – Gov. Tomblin on Feed to Achieve

“While I certainly don’t object to county administrators assisting with substitute teaching responsibilities in school, as it was pointed out in the House Education Committee, there’s nothing in current law that would preclude a school district from determining that they have adequate staffing to assist with this particular purpose.” – Delegate Paul Espinosa on a bill to require some central office administrators to be available for substitute teaching at least three days a year

“It tracks some of the issues that were raised in the audit, specifically that the RESAs have become very entrepreneurial in seeking out other kinds of business to get into in training that aren’t necessarily related to their core mission of serving the counties that are members of the RESA.” – House Education Committee attorney Dave Mohr on a resolution proposed by the WVSBA to study RESAs





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Jim J. Crawford Sr. (Kanawha).

Howard M. O’Cull, Ed. D., Executive Director, Editor Shirley M. Davidson, Administrative Assistant, Production and Circulation

Vincit omnia veritas “Truth conquers all”