She represented the status quo, something liberals once opposed.
Beginning with the Recht decision delivered in May 1982, liberals have run the state education system.
Since that time, West Virginians have reduced classroom sizes, added kindergarten and pre-kindergarten, raised teacher salaries and compensation, built modern schools in rural areas despite declining enrollments and basically given liberals everything they wanted.
For example, West Virginia was one of the first states to get computers in the classroom.
These were improvements. Conservatives by and large supported these changes. The problem was the results did not match the money.
And the school system also became a centralized mess where classroom decisions were made in Charleston and the rights of employees trumped common sense.
Her lawsuit shows this. Despite being an at-will employee, Marple insists that the state school board could not fire her.
The state Constitution states otherwise.
"The West Virginia Board of Education shall in the manner prescribed by law, select the state superintendent of free schools who shall serve at its will and pleasure," it reads.
Her service no longer pleased the majority of the board members.
She has no cause for suing, but she pursues that path because that is, after all, what brought liberals to power originally.
Change came 30 years ago and swept out the old, failed order in state schools.
The season for change has come again, and this regime is fighting tooth and nail against the inevitable, just like the regime it replaced.
Surber's email is donsur...@dailymail.com.