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The Thrasher Group

McKinley Architects & Engineers

Williamson Shriver Architects

December 22, 2016 - Volume 36 Issue 11

The The Oklahoma State Department of Education has come up with a new proposal for how to grade schools. The new accountability system keeps the highly criticized A-F report card system, but calculates the grades differently. (KOKH, Dec. 7)

"To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year." - Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White(1899 – 1985), American writer. He was a contributor to The New Yorker, magazine and a co-author of the English language style guide The Elements of Style, commonly known as "Strunk & White". He also wrote books for children, including Stuart Little  and Charlotte's Web.

“This leads to the conclusion that the county-level services that RESAs provide can continue without RESAs.” – John Sylvia of the Performance Evaluation and Research Division of the Legislative Auditor’s Office on findings about whether Regional Education Service Agencies should continue in their present form


“We respect the fact that the auditors did as good a job as they possibly could, but let me make this very clear: The RESAs are an extremely important part of our education ecosystem here in West Virginia.” – Mike Green, president of the West Virginia Board of Education


“I don’t think we need to disparage the concept of RESAs. They are very valuable. They can provide very valuable services. They seem to be adrift. That happens to agencies all the time. Mission creep, things like that – of course, in government that does occur.” – Howard O’Cull, executive director of the WVSBA, reporting on results of regional meetings about shared services


“If we continue to have vacancies in our classrooms, that’s what I’m defining as our biggest crisis educationally right now. If that continues, that will diminish the educational delivery, so I’m ringing that bell loudly. Recognizing the challenges we have with our budget, we have to do something regarding our teacher compensation and ways to stabilize that.” – State Supt. Michael Martirano, calling on legislators to improve pay for teachers


“We believe, as much as we didn’t want to do it, that it was necessary to look at the School Aid Formula and try to do some cuts and reductions. That can’t be done without a statutory change, which only this legislature can do.” – Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss on how the state budget’s structural hole is affecting public education