Education reform can only be measured by student success

The Herald-Dispatch editorial

From the new governor of West Virginia to the new Secretary of Education, there is a renewed interest in returning more responsibility for student success to local school systems and the classroom teacher.

Years of ever-changing federal education initiatives, and in West Virginia increased control by the state Department of Education, has left many local educators frustrated with testing programs, curriculum changes and red tape. It is not clear exactly what more “local control” will look like for school boards, administrators and teachers, but it likely will be welcome.

“We’ve proven how to be dead last,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said during his state of the State address last week. “I think we need gigantic education reform We’ve got to return education, as much as we possibly can, to a local level.”

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