Cutting Red Tape In W.Va. Education
Potentially one of the most important public school improvement measures approved by the West Virginia Legislature this year was not included in Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s much-heralded omnibus bill.
But just hours before adjourning their session Saturday, legislators agreed on a bill (HB 3157) intended to cut the amount of reports and other paperwork teachers and principals must do at the behest of the state Department of Education. Also in the bill is a directive more authority be given to county school systems.
It remains to be seen how much good the bill will do – that is, how much of teachers’ and principals’ time will be freed for the important task of working with children.
Legislators should monitor progress in that regard during the coming year. If, by this time next year, more legislation is needed to cut the red tape, lawmakers should provide it.