W.Va. Board of Education President to Assume National Role

January 31, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Priscilla Haden, president of the West Virginia Board of Education, has been selected as a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Governmental Affairs Committee. The group develops federal education policy recommendations and communicates with Congress and federal officials about education priorities of state boards of education from across the nation.
As a member of the 19-member panel, Haden will meet with other state education leaders, national policymakers, federal lawmakers and education experts during a yearlong series of meetings, events and communications to share their state’s experiences and perspective, analyze federal education initiatives, promote state board of education priorities, and serve as a state education resource.

“I’m proud of the leading role West Virginia is playing on the national level in education,” Haden said. “I’m honored to be chosen by my colleagues to help lead this important organization.”

The Governmental Affairs Committee helps state board members understand, influence and plan for federal education policies.
In this time when many education budgets remain unstable and there has been substantial turnover in political leadership, it is critical that lawmakers in Washington and at the state level understand the vital and sustained role of state boards of education,” said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn.
The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation's state boards of education. The nonprofit organization works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity and assure continued citizen support for public education.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. 
-- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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