The Lewis County Education Association hosted a forum to gather information and hear from stakeholders on education reform Tuesday night at the high school.
Also, Harrison, Braxton, Clay, and Gilmer Counties Education Associations we’re present. The associations wanted to host the forum ahead of Governor Justice’s special session the could be coming up.
Parents, teachers, administrators and local legislators, and delegates were on hand collaborating and discussing betterment of public schools.
“From the legislature we got lots of ideas and things that they had. But they did not consult with education specialists which are teachers. And so, we really want them to know and we plan to share with them, the WVEA is going to share with them the information we get this evening,” said Kimberly Bonnett, Lewis County Education Association Co-President.
In anticipation that education reform comes back into special session, the education association plans to give legislators information they can use to move in the right direction.
“I am speaking on behalf of teachers that I know, and out WVEA Teachers Union, and we believe that there are lots of other good things for schools other than charter schools. We really don’t think that charter schools will work well in West Virginia. We really believe that we would be better served to have wrap around services with more professionals for students meeting their needs,” said Bonnett.
Education Associations expressed that more services are needed for parents to meet the needs of the students, opposed to charter schools that could cater to only certain students. They also expressed that in special session legislators have a chance to fix some of the mistakes that educators were against in Senate Bill 451.
Lewis County Education Associations said for those with kids in public schools to not be afraid to voice your concerns to legislators.