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Education system needs reform, not status quo

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  • Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:00:23 GMT
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
  • Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:00:24 GMT
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
  • Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:39:41 GMT
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.

Education reform continues to be a major topic during this year's legislative session. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has put forth sweeping, once-in-a-lifetime changes to our school system. We hate to use the term "make or break," but that old cliché clearly fits this situation. Tomblin's bill would give local boards of education, principals and teachers flexibility and control and, hopefully, allow them to better educate, challenge and motivate our students. Decisions would be made at the local level. Principals would have more options when it comes to how they run their facilities and teachers would be empowered in their classrooms.

According to a number of studies, West Virginia spends upwards of $3 billion a year on education, but our public schools are just not preparing our students to meet the demands of today's workplace. Already, the upholders of the status quo are defending the current system, claiming that nothing is wrong. Yet, honesty must be part of this debate and if we're being honest, we know we can do better. So much better. This is the year when say enough is enough, or we stand by as we fail another generation of young people.