State Board of Education Members Participate In National Talks

June 11, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Three members of the West Virginia Board of Education were part of a select group of state education officials from around the country to participate in a recent series of meetings with federal officials about pending education reforms.

West Virginia Board of Education President Delores Cook met last week with officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss pending regulatory changes to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Cook is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Governmental Affairs Committee.

Vice President Priscilla Haden is working with a national panel of education leaders who will issue recommendations for transforming career and technical education to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. The proposals will be the result of a year-long task force created by NASBE. The report will be released in October at NASBE’s national conference in Washington.

Board Member Burma Hatfield, who is on NASBE’s Middle Schools Study Group, is working with a national panel to develop recommendation on middle school reforms to better prepare students for success in high school. The report also will be released in October at the national conference.

“State board members are pressing their case to tailor national policies to best complement their state education system’s standards, assessments and accountability requirements,” said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn.

State Board Member Lowell Johnson serves on NASBE’s Board of Directors, while state Board Member Barbara Fish serves on NASBE’s Friend of Education Award Committee.

“I’m proud of the leading role West Virginia is playing on the national level,” Cook said. “Our collective experiences on each of these committees tell us we are on the right track in West Virginia with our 21st Century Learning initiative.”

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