With the new school year already underway in some West Virginia communities, many Mountain State residents may have a new sense of confidence in public education. A major school reform law was enacted earlier this year, after all.
Well, that was a start. But much more remains to be done. Improving Mountain State schools will require continual fine-tuning of state law and state Board of Education policies.
Both Democrat and Republican leaders of the Legislature, considering the issue during a panel discussion at the West Virginia Press Association convention here in Wheeling, agree on that.
Good. It took political courage to enact the reforms earlier this year. Legislators' attitude that they have only made a good start is gratifying - and vital if the major improvements needed are to be made.