WV Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paine Give Updates on Statewide Education Forums

WV Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paine Give Updates on Statewide Education Forums


BUT ONE PERSON IS HOLDING IT UP, MITCH MCCONNELL. ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU, MAJOR — SENATOR MANCHIN. THANKS FOR THE JOB FAIR, GREAT TO BE PARTNERS WITH THAT. WE’LL HAVE MORE AFTER THIS BREAK. NOW BACK TO “INSIDE WEST VIRGINIA POLITICS” WITH MARK CURTIS. I’M REALLY GLAD TO SEE THE ELECTED OFFICIALS HERE, SO THEY CAN HEAR OUR VOICES, HEAR OUR CONCERNS, AND SEE HOW WE CAN DISCUSS THINGS AS A GROUP WITHOUT THE YELLING AND THE SHOUTING. AND WE’RE NOT JUST ABOUT STANDING IN THE CORRIDORS OF THE CAPITOL. WELCOME BACK TO THIS SUNDAY’S EDITION OF “INSIDE WEST VIRGINIA POLITICS.” WE WANT TO SHIFT GEARS NOW AND TALK ABOUT EDUCATION REFORM. WE ARE JOINED BY DR. STEVE PAYNE, HE IS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HOSTING EIGHT OR NINE PUBLIC FORUMS AROUND THE STATE TO GET INPUT ON EDUCATION REFORM. YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN TO THREE OF THE FORUMS. GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING AND HEARING SO FAR? WHAT WE’RE SEEING IS ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPATION FROM ALL OF OUR STAKE HOLDERS THAT HAVE INTEREST IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN WEST VIRGINIA. THAT COULD INCLUDE PARENTS, SERVICE PERSONNEL, TEACHERS. THERE WAS A SEGMENT THERE LAST NIGHT I WAS THRILLED ABOUT. WE HAD KIDS THERE, ABOUT 25, 30 KIDS THAT SHOWED UP AND WE WHEREVERRY, WE HEAR THIS MOST COMMON FROM ALL THE PARTICIPANTS THAT WE APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT WE HAD THE CHANCE TO EXPRESS OURSELVES FREELY, OBJECTIVELY, WHERE WE WERE RESPECTED AND HEARD. I WANT TO MENTION TOO THAT YOU’VE GOT AN UPCOMING FORUM THIS MONDAY NIGHT IN PARKERSBURG, AND THE FOLLOWING WEEK I BELIEVE YOU’RE IN CLARKSBURG AND A COUPLE OTHER LOCATIONS. WE’LL PUT THE LIST UP ON THE SCREEN. YOU’RE HITTING EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE? TRYING TO, YES. WE ADDED PARKERSBURG MONDAY NIGHT. THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE’RE GOING ONLY ONE-THIRD OF THE WAY FINISHED. BUT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE KIND OF INPUT YOU’RE GETTING, THE ENGAGEMENT? THIS ISN’T WHERE PEOPLE GET UP AND SPEAK TO A MICROPHONE, YOU HAVE GROUPS OF PEOPLE SITTING AROUND A TABLE. WE BASED THIS ON OUR EXPERIENCE WITH NICHOLAS COUNTY, WE HAD A MEDIATION PROCESS AND A COMMUNITY MEETING. THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE CONTRACTED THROUGH F.E.M.A. WITH A GROUP CALLED THE CONSENSUS BUILDING INSTITUTES. THEY’RE A NONPROFIT, EXTREMELY REASONABLE IN TERMS OF THEIR EXPENSES THAT CAME IN FROM CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS. I THINK THE REASON THAT THINGS FOR WHAT’S TO FOLLOW. AND THEN WE ADJOURN TO SMALL TABLES OF NO MORE THAN 10 FOLKS WITH TABLE FACILITATORS, WHO ARE TRAINED, AND WE GIVE THE TO OTHER RESEARCH BASED IDEAS THAT OUR PARTICIPANTS MAY BRING TO THE TABLE, OR IDEAS THAT MIGHT NOT BE RESEARCH BASED. BUT THEY’RE GOOD IDEAS AND WE GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO EXPRESS THAT. AND WE HAVE SOME RESEARCH BASED IDEAS THAT WE ASK FOLKS TO REACT TO. BEFORE THE PROGRAM YOU WERE TELLING ME SOME FASCINATING IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. IT’S WHAT DRIVES OUR ECONOMY AND THROUGH THE GOVERNOR’S LEADERSHIP WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH SOMEONE TO HELP US SURVEY THE INTEREST OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITE SKILLS THAT THEY REQUIRE FOR OUR GRADUATES SO THAT THEY HAVE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT. AND WE HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS THERE AS WELL. WE SHOULD LET FOLKS KNOW, IF YOU CAN’T MAKE ANY OF THE PUBLIC FORUMS, THEY CAN GO ONLINE, IT’S WVDE.US IS YOUR WEBSITE, THERE WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE A FINAL REPORT AND WHO DOES THAT GO TO? WE’RE GOING TO FINISH THE FORUMS JUST AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL AND THEN THE WORK BEGINS. WE’LL BE WORKING WITH THE A FINAL COPY OF THE REPORT, WE’LL ALSO PROVIDE THAT TO THE SPEAKER AND THE PRESIDENT AND WE APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT IN THIS. AND THEY CAN HAVE THE RESULTS FROM THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA, AND THEY’LL PROBABLY HAVE A COUPLE THOUSAND PEOPLE THAT HAVE WEIGHED IN BY THAT TIME. THEY WILL HAVE GREAT IDEAS FROM THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE CONTAINED IN A REFORM BILL. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REPORT, LOOKING FORWARD TO COVERING ADDITIONAL FORUMS AND ULTIMATELY THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE.

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