Stop Meddling With Educators

Educators in West Virginia already suffer from far too much micromanagement. A bill approved by the state Senate Education Committee this week would make it worse.

If enacted, the measure will ban school administrators from asking teachers to use their planning periods for work-related activities such as training, collaboration with other teachers or meetings with parents.

Good, conscientious teachers need those planning periods, of course. Most spend substantial amounts of time at home handling school work.

But banning school principals and superintendents from asking, even occasionally, for teachers to use the periods for other important tasks is ridiculous. Some of the other activities in question, such as meeting with other teachers to develop collaborative strategies, are important and helpful to educators.

Mountain State public schools already suffer from too much micromanagement by the Legislature and state Department of Education. The concept of requiring results from educators, rewarding them when their students do well – and getting out of their way – seems to have been abandoned.

State senators should reject the planning period bill.