Forums Held on Education Reform in West Virginia

Forums Held on Education Reform in West Virginia


WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. STAY WITH US. NOW BACK TO “INSIDE WEST VIRGINIA POLITICS” WITH MARK CURTIS. WELCOME BACK TO “INSIDE WEST VIRGINIA POLITICS.” THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA IS ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE BUNCH OF INPUT ON THE ISSUE OF EDUCATION REFORM. JOINING ME NOW IS KRISTIN ANDERSON, THE EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR DR. BAINE, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS AND OF COURSE THE WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON THE PROGRAM. THANKS FOR HAVING US ON. THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION JUST ENDED AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE SEVEN FORUMS YOU FOLKS ARE SPONSORING AROUND THE STATE TO GET INPUT, THE FIRST ONE BEING TOMORROW NIGHT, MONDAY NIGHT AT 6:00. WHY ARE YOU GUYS DOING THIS? WE COMMEND GOVERNOR JUSTICE AND THE WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE FOR CALLING THE EDUCATION WAS A VERY HOT TOPIC THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND I THINK THIS SPECIAL SESSION IS JUST ALLOWING THAT TIME FOR VALUABLE STAKE HOLDER INPUT. YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LOT OF IT FAST. WE’RE GOING TO PUT A GRAPHIC UP TALKING ABOUT THE DATES AND LOCATIONS. BUT I MENTIONED MONDAY, THEN YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN WELSH THE ON OUR WEBSITE AS WELL AS ON THE GRAPHIC ON THE SCREEN. YOU’RE GOING TO LITERALLY EVERY CORNER OF THIS STATE. WEST VIRGINIA IS A VERY INTERESTING STATE GEOGRAPHICALLY. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. WE JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION. SO FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE HEARING THIS NEWS AND THEY THINK MAYBE THEY HAVEN’T BEEN PART OF THE CONVERSATION, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THEM, BECAUSE THE GOAL OF THESE FORUMS IS IT’S NOT JUST AN OPEN CONVERSATION. WE’RE GOING TO COMPILE A REPORT WE SHOULD LET FOLKS KNOW, YOU PREFER THAT THEY PREREGISTER, YOU CAN GO ON THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE AND THERE’S A LINK TO LET PEOPLE PREREGISTER AT THESE FORUMS. YOU WON’T TURN ANYONE AWAY THOUGH? CORRECT. IT’S REALLY JUST TO HELP OUR SCHOOLS PREPARE FOR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING. WE DO ENCOURAGE PREREGISTRATION. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY. BUT IT’S A VERY SIMPLE PREREGISTRATION PROCESS. WE HEARD THE TEACHERS’ VOICES LOUD AND CLEAR. BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PARENTS OUT THERE AND STUDENTS THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAKS. ARE THOSE FOLKS ALLOWED AS WELL? EXACTLY, ANYONE AND EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND. AND IT’S NOT GOING TO BE AN OPEN MIC FORMAT. YOU DON’T SIGN UP AND SPEAK FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME. WE’RE GOING TO START WITH A SHORT PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS, AND WE SEVEN FORUMS AND THIS IS A SPREAD OUT STATE. FOLKS CAN GO ONLINE AND FILL OUT SURVEYS. HOW DO THEY DO THAT? CORRECT, SO TOMORROW, MONDAY THERE WILL BE A PARENT SURVEY AVAILABLE AS WELL AS A STUDENT SURVEY. THERE WILL ALSO BE SPACE ON THE WEBSITE WHERE INDIVIDUALS WHO AREN’T ABLE TO ATTEND THE FORUM IN THEIR AREA CAN FILL OUT THEIR, CAN SUBMIT THEIRS COMMENTS BASED ON THE DISCUSSION GUIDE THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FORUM, SO WE ENCOURAGE FEEL DO THAT. LET FOLKS KNOW THE LINK WHERE IT’S A MOUTHFUL, THAT’S WHY WE PUT IT UP ON THE SCREEN. HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY NOT EVERYBODY CAN GO TO THESE FORUMS? CERTAINLY, AND WE HEARD FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WISH WE WERE HAVING A FORUM IN THEIR AREA. WE TRIED TO PICK AREAS OF THE STATE WHERE PEOPLE COULD EASILY TRAVEL. WE WISH WE COULD GO TO ALL 55 WEBSITE, IT’S RIGHT ON THE HOME PAGE, AND WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, JUST PLEASE PARTICIPATE. WE ALL AGREE THERE’S ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT IN EDUCATION AND WE JUST WANT TO TRY TO SUMMARIZE THE SENTIMENTS OF THE CITIZENS OF WEST VIRGINIA. AND AS THE MEDIA WE’RE GOING TO TELL YOU THAT WE’LL BE COVERING A LOT OF THESE FORUMS AROUND THE STATE AND BRINGING PEOPLE’S INPUT TO THE AIR WAVES SO FOLKS CAN SHARE THEIR IDEAS FOR EDUCATION REFORM HERE IN WEST VIRGINIA. WE WANT TO THANK KRISTEN ANDERSON. APPRECIATE IT. THE EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS THANKS FOR WATCHING US THIS WEEK, AND REMEMBER WE ARE NOW A POD CAST, JUST GO TO YOUR FAVORITE POD CAST SERVICE AND YOU CAN DOWNLOAD US EVERY WEEK AND LISTEN TO OUR PROGRAM. THANKS, FOLKS, WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE NEXT WEEK.

Danny Hutson

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