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Hundreds turn out for first education forum hosted by West Virginia Department of Education


The Herald-Dispatch

People gather at tables to discuss education topics during one of the West Virginia Deparement of Education’s seven regional forums to discuss statewide school improvement options at Cabell Midland High School on Monday.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Lavender Photography)

ONA, W.Va. — Education reform, and the seemingly countless options and opinions for how that might take shape in West Virginia, generated considerable buzz during the state legislative session – energy that’s yet to subside with a special session now imminent.

Cabell Midland High School seemed like a microcosm of that statewide discussion, and the varied viewpoints it sparked, as the West Virginia Department of Education hosted its first of seven regional forums on education reform options Monday night in Ona.

The public meeting broke parents, educators and the public into small, roughly six- to 12-person roundtable discussions to share and distill their opinions on the many school-related issues the legislature may take up in the coming special session.

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