To the surprise of no one, school union officials hate the education reform proposal now before the Legislature.
Judy Hale, president of the state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, branded the reform as unscientific.
"It almost looks like they looked at the research for the last 20 years and said, 'OK, let's just ignore that and do the opposite'," Hale told the Daily Mail's Dave Boucher.
I hope what she says is true, because when I look at the last 20 years of actual results - not academic research - doing the opposite makes sense.
What we are doing now is not working.
Twenty years ago, Gov. Gaston Caperton signed a budget that gave $1.5 billion to education.
That's $2.4 billion in today's dollars, according to the Consumer Price Index.
Now school spending in West Virginia tops $3 billion.
That means that adjusted for inflation, West Virginians have increased spending on schools by 25 percent - despite a steady decline in enrollment.
That does not count the $5 billion in teacher retirement obligations hanging over the heads of taxpayers.
Nor does that count the more than $2 billion spent by the School Building Authority on new schools and improvements since 1989.
But we're still not getting a spark in student achievement.
More money is not the answer.
West Virginia is the second poorest state in the union and yet it exceeds the national average in spending per student.
The results do not match that investment.
The state ranks 46th in the percentage of students who actually pass an Advanced Placement test for college credit, according to the AP Report to the Nation.
Only 9.8 percent of West Virginia students passed, which is half the national average.
The results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test are even more depressing.
Fourth-graders rank 43rd in reading and 45th in math.