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February 2, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 4

Students in New Mexico would have to apply to a college or commit to some other post-graduation plan in order to graduate from high school, under a bill working its way through the state's legislature. If it became law, New Mexico would be the first state in the nation to require its students to spell out what they're doing after high school. (CNN, Feb. 1) NM May Become the First State in the Nation to Make Students Apply for College / Highlighted Education Commission of the States Resource: The Progress of Education Reform: College counseling in high schools — Advising state policy

Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition. Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. 

“I think there’s a bad storm arising.” – Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso on problems with pay and benefits leading teachers to walk out of classrooms and head to the Capitol

“This is a snowball, and it’s going to get bigger.” – Delegate Tony Painter on teachers’ dissatisfaction

“We hear this loud and clear.” – House Finance Chairman Eric Nelson on complaints from teachers

“We have encouraged our folks to be informed and take democratic votes on whether or not they’re going to take action.” – Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, on advice unions have been giving to teachers about whether to walk out of their classrooms over pay and benefit issues

“If we could get a year of goodness under our belt…then I would see ourselves clear to do way more.” – Gov. Jim Justice, asking teachers to be patient about pay raises

“I always have great concerns when you’re going to take something that is working as a cohesive unit and start chopping away and putting ‘stuff’ – as they refer to it – here and ‘stuff’ there.” – Gayle Manchin, secretary of education and the arts on House Bill 4006, which would eliminate her department.

“I think there are structural, good government reasons why and how we could reorganize this, save those programs, and have a better result at the end.” – House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles on House Bill 4006

“Every time there’s a budget cut, the first thing to go is the arts. Well, get ready. Know that this vote, this vote to get rid of the secretary of education and the arts, that this vote is the beginning of that slippery slope. We are taking that first step to the destruction of an arts program in West Virginia.” – Delegate Larry Rowe on House Bill 4006

“I believe that this will allow more money in the future to flow through to the schools down to the students and bring our education system up across the country and give us a better rating.” – Delegate Gary Howell on House Bill 4006

“These are the opportunities that we’ve been looking for for a long time.” – Sen. Bob Plymale on Senate Bill 284, the governor’s bill to establish career pathways connecting secondary schools to community and technical colleges

“This bill is one small step for this legislative body and one giant leap for education and the people of West Virginia.” – Senate Education Chairman Kenny Mann on Senate Bill 284

“The last thing we want to do is get ourselves embroiled in a major litigation over a course.” – Sen. Mike Romano on Senate Bill 252 to require high schools to have elective Bible courses

“We’re not talking about religion. We’re talking about the Bible.” – Sen. Michael Azinger on Senate Bill 252