State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Education


Earl Ray Tomblin: Create rewards program to educational innovation

While there are reasons why traditional charter schools are not the best option for our students, we can find common ground by rewarding schools for innovation and creativity while raising student achievement. I'm introducing legislation to establish a new program--Innovation in Education. This will reallocate nearly $2.5 million in existing education funding to help schools develop new methods to increase our students' interest in science, technology, engineering, math and entrepreneurship.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to West Virginia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Bill Cole: High speed internet access in every classroom

Senate President Bill Cole says he's armed and ready with plans to bring prosperity back to the Mountain State. Cole says, `we need a solid infrastructure, that supports investment and job creation and includes not only high quality roads and bridges but also a first class system of technology that brings high speed internet access to every home, every business and every classroom in West Virginia.`
Source: WVVA.com on West Virginia gubernatorial race Jun 2, 2015

Bill Cole: Voted NO on pilot program of 10 charter schools

Excerpts from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch:

Status:Bill passed Senate, 18-16-0 on March 14; no vote in House. (Jeff Kessler voted NAY).

Source: Herald-Dispatch on West Virginia voting records: SB 14 Feb 19, 2015

Bill Cole: Pilot program of 10 county-run charter schools

Excerpts from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch:

Status:Bill passed Senate, 18-16-0 on March 14; no vote in House. (Bill Cole voted YEA).

Source: Herald-Dispatch on West Virginia voting records: SB 14 Feb 19, 2015

Pat McGeehan: Vouchers to send children to any school

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?

A: No.

Q: Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?

A: No.

Q: Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: No.

Q: hould illegal immigrants who graduate from West Virginia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?

A: No.

McGeehan adds, "Government needs to remove itself from education."

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system

Manchin brought up the importance of adding more accountability in the education system. "We have to start demanding more and more accountability, responsibility," said Manchin. "There is an audit going on in West Virginia now and I hope they adopt this audit in the legislature to make the changes that need to be made to improve education in the state of West Virginia."

Raese, on the other hand, said that competition is what's good for education. But he didn't stop there, he added that competition is also good for America and West Virginia.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong

Manchin says the state can and needs to do much better on public education, but he wants to keep public education infrastructure strong. "I don't believe in getting rid of the Department of Education," Manchin said.

Raese wants more opportunities for programs that would allow families a voucher to send their children to private schools, which he says create competition and improve the quality of education. "We don't need a federal education system to set our curriculum," Raese said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: Competition is what's good for education

Manchin brought up the importance of adding more accountability in the education system. "We have to start demanding more and more accountability, responsibility," said Manchin. "There is an audit going on in West Virginia now and I hope they adopt this audit in the legislature to make the changes that need to be made to improve education in the state of West Virginia."

Raese, on the other hand, said that competition is what's good for education. But he didn't stop there, he added that competition is also good for America and West Virginia.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools

Manchin says the state can and needs to do much better on public education, but he wants to keep public education infrastructure strong. "I don't believe in getting rid of the Department of Education," Manchin said.

Raese wants more opportunities for programs that would allow families a voucher to send their children to private schools, which he says create competition and improve the quality of education. "We don't need a federal education system to set our curriculum," Raese said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Bill Cole: Student potential diminished by crippling bureaucracy

The statistics are staggering. West Virginia ranks 22nd in per pupil spending, but only 50th out of 51 in final performance rank. Also, according to the Governor's internal education audit, West Virginia is one of the most regulated school systems in the country. This leads me to believe that the potential for student achievement is diminished by crippling layers of bureaucracy.

It is also my understanding that as much as 80% of the WV prison population is comprised of high school dropouts. This would suggest that if our schools were more crowded, our prisons would be less crowded. We need to give our kids a reason to stay in school- that being the potential for a better life through available employment opportunities as they graduate.

Source: 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial website, BillColeForWV.com Jan 1, 2012

Natalie Tennant: Address numerous small reforms, not huge sweeping measures

Q: What are your plans when it comes to education reform?

A: Education is near and dear to my heart. It's who I am and how I was raised. My dad is a retired principal. My mom is a retired teacher. I'm the youngest of 7 children, and including my siblings and their spouses, 11 out of 14 of them are educators. So I hear what is taking place on the front lines. Some of the reforms that I see that are important are [not] these huge, sweeping measures. But they can be truancy; let's address that. Let's address discipline because teachers need to be able to have the control in their classroom, and they need backup. I'm about using technology, but it doesn't do you any good if the teachers don't know how to use it. I also think it's important that we are holding teachers accountable. Another reform is innovation zones. Those are the different aspects that I talk about education, but paramount is believing we can have the best system and then all working together to get there.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Natalie Tennant: Public moneys should go to public schools, not charters

Q: How do you feel about the concept of charter schools?

A: I know that is a question I get from everybody. Charter schools, in terms of education, are not going to be the panacea. But I always believe that if you're using public moneys, they should go to public schools to serve the public. That's why I push innovation zones more than anything. It is a group coming together to say, "This is how we want to conduct our education.".

Q: What would you do to reverse this alarming dropout rate in West Virginia?

A: A couple of years ago, we had a system where social workers would make the phone call [about truancy]. It is no longer funded. We have to put most of our budget into education. Because we're either going to pay for it now or we're going to pay for it later. Even when we talk about education, too, we have wonderful vo-tech schools here across West Virginia. We have wonderful community and technical colleges and trade schools. Those are aspects where we can keep kids in schools.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Joe Manchin III: $540 million in ongoing school construction

Last July, WV became the first state to use the Qualified School Construction Bonds statewide, letting us build or improve dozens of schools at a much lower cost. We currently have $540 million in ongoing school construction--the largest amount in the history of the School Building Authority, but much more needs to be done.

I am asking the Legislature to give the SBA more borrowing flexibility. This will allow us to create a steady revenue stream and provide safer schools at cheaper bond rates.

Source: West Virginia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Bob Wise: First priority: PROMISE College Scholarship Program

Our passport to prosperity is education - and education is the centerpiece of my program. My first priority is funding for the PROMISE Scholarship Program. This will provide each qualified student who works hard and plays by the rules with a scholarship at one of our state colleges, or an equivalent scholarship to be used at a West Virginia accredited program. This Legislature has already passed the basic legislation, but there hasnít been any money provided to keep the PROMISE. It has to happen.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

Bob Wise: Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives

Teachers are the heart of the educational system. We must honor the work of our teachers. Therefore I propose to increase the salary of every West Virginia teacher by $1,000, and every school service workerís salary by $756, effective January 1, 2002.

Let me speak directly to our educators. Your salaries have fallen to below 40th place in the nation. I commit to you tonight a multiyear effort to begin moving you back up the national ladder. We need to do more to keep the best and the brightest educators in our schools. I will commit to working with you on a strategy to develop incentives to keep experienced teachers in class longer.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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