Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last night presented his legislative agenda and proposals regarding education reform during the 2013 State of the State Address and sent a letter to the West Virginia State Board of Education. In the letter, Gov. Tomblin asks the board to lead education reform efforts with the powers given to them by the West Virginia Constitution.
Specifically, the governor requested board members take action on six proposals that have the potential to improve student achievement. The governor requested the board provide responses on the following proposals: Teacher Certification for Elementary Teachers; establish a commission to review the current governance structure of local school boards of education; to define the role of the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA's); integrate public education and our community and technical colleges; improve our career pathways to meet Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) standards; and integrate technology into the classroom.
The letter in its entirety can be read here: