Bob O'Dell, a member of the Nicholas County Board of Education, compared education reform to a ballgame.
"It was a very huge step that's well overdue," he said. "But we're certainly in the first quarter."
Most officials are supportive of measures that increasingly hold teachers, schools and counties accountable for their students' progress.
But Prudich argues that there is some disconnect between that accountability and the abundance of "prescriptive rules" that come from the state department or board of education. He likes to use a metaphor that likens the system to a dysfunctional restaurant.
"If I buy a restaurant and hire a chef and a wait staff and tell them what ingredients to buy and how to cook the food and plate the food . . . and then it goes out to the table and it's awful, whose fault is that?" he said. "Is it the chef's or is it really mine?"
Prudich said the School Board Association wasn't adequately represented in discussions about the legislation that were said to involve all the key stakeholders. If it had been, he says, some things may have worked out differently.
"School boards are on the ground if you will in those local communities, which are unique," said Barbara Parsons, president of the Monongalia County Board of Education. "We should have more input into some of the things that the state school board is required to do."
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