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State Superintendent Backs Year-Round School Calendar

February 8, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON — How can the West Virginia Legislature and state Department of Education implement meaningful education reform in the Mountain State? That question topped the list of issues......

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Feb-09-13 10:54 AM

Most teachers offer a good education to their students but they cannot force them to learn. Education has been politicized to the point that it cannot stand up. The system is buried under social programs that slow education rates. With goodly amounts of time off in the summer there is really no reason to not have year round school to improve education. The best we can do is offer a good education (and that is done in WV) whether or not a child accepts it and values it really depends on the views of the parents. If parents do not value education, the kids won't either. The yr round schedule has a lot of time off built into it. Do kids need to be have three months a year off? What for? We don't farm anymore. 3 months of video games? Education is a bureaucracy that does not serve kids well, but parents should demand more of the staff and back them up at home. School is not just about teachers, its about kids and parents too. Its a partnership and the goal is education of the student.

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Feb-08-13 7:41 PM

WV is second from the bottom in teacher salaries. In itself that speaks volumes. Apparently the teachers' unions have not had much impact insofar as pay is concerned. Why should a teacher stay in WV when they can be paid much more by simply moving to another state? WV teachers may love their state and hometowns, but the more ambitious and skillful will do what everyone else does; follow the money. A beginning teacher often makes less than an unskilled factory laborer or someone who drives a truck. They accumulate student loans that will drag on them for years after graduation while they have to contend with kids who have never been taught to respect education, adults in general or themselves. Why fight it?

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Feb-08-13 2:05 PM

T his is W.V. What else do you expect? Charter Schools are the way to g. Trouble is- Unions, as always in this state. Need I say more?????

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Feb-08-13 12:12 PM

Credentials over cronyism? Is that something everyone might agree on. When people are given, (yes, I said given) jobs because they have lived in an area their whole life, instead of looking at credentials and possibilities of bringing in NEW people, this is an example of how bad it can be. If someone has an impressive, documented history of making things better, HIRE THEM! There is room for everyone, but not at the expense of our children!

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Feb-08-13 10:41 AM

Too top heavy as in government and the worker in this the teacher gets all the blame for the decision made by the top administrators. They think a child should be riding a motorcycle before they learn to walk.

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Feb-08-13 10:37 AM

The problem is too many administrators on top coming up with new and bad ideas. The education curriculum is too broad and too shallow but it you build a solid foundation in math, reading, and English you can make it thru life as far as you want to go. But, all the adminisrators want everyone to learn Spanish and modern math for their idea of education at the elementary level

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Feb-08-13 9:44 AM

Everything that they propose will revolve around protecting the teachers unions and current school district bureaucracies.

How about discussing the expansion of Charter Schools, Magnate Schools, Online Learning, and other innovative 21st century ideas for educating our students so that they can compete on the world stage.

Merely continuing to throw more money at a broken system is, by some definitions, INSANITY.

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Feb-08-13 9:36 AM

God help us if these are the people in charge of coming up with solutions for the education systems in WV. The guys are "wonks" with lofty titles who are stuck in academia, and bring the same ole' rehashed, repackaged, status-quo "solutions" to the table time and time again. They should be embarrassed to pick up a paycheck for this drivel.

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Feb-08-13 9:02 AM

An organization is only as strong as it's weakest link! Political appointees at all levels normally results in the top dog being the weakest!

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Feb-08-13 6:58 AM

Both them fellers hit every branch when they fell out o day ugly tree.

I'll bet our new state superintendent and Linger will be tied up in litigation for the next two years after what they did to Ms. Marple. WV at it's best.

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Feb-08-13 6:36 AM

What a disappointment!

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Feb-08-13 2:20 AM

OK Really? Seriously? These are the people making decisions on how and when children should be educated in West Virginia,....really?? These are the people in charge? Do they realize what they said? Was this their best behavior because the paper was there, how do the speak and react when they are the only ones in the room, without the media? I think someone better re-evaluate who the decision makers are, as well as their qualifications. Really??? Is this a spoof,..and I am just missing it?

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