West Virginia Board of Education Continues Dialogue with State Legislators

January 15, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education and the House Education Committee joined together today to continue talking about improving education in the state.  

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“We have been working together with our lawmakers for several years with the same goal in mind. We are all here for the children of West Virginia,” said Board of Education President Sandra Chapman. “This meeting has been very productive and I hope it is the first of many more opportunities to exchange ideas.”  

Some of the key issues discussed during today’s session included new testing provisions for special education students under No Child Left Behind; the need for additional professional development for teachers; the recently released Quality Counts 2004 study which ranked West Virginia as the top performer in areas such as standards and accountability, school climate and student funding; and the creation of a sub-committee to investigate the flexibility of the school calendar.  

“The Board supports expanding the school calendar and we are excited about serving on the newly formed sub-committee,” said Board of Education Vice President Barbara Fish. “We are all on the same page and I am confident that working together we can continue to serve the students.”  

The Board of Education met with legislators as part of its monthly meeting. The Board will continue its meeting on Thursday in the Board Conference Room, Building 6, Rm. 353 at 8:30 a.m.

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