Board members and legislative staff members should be able to prepare legislation that rids the state code of laws that micromanage classrooms, bury teachers with paperwork and requirements, and prevent the state from paying more to attract teachers who are harder to find.
Teachers need laws that allow them to produce an orderly environment so students can learn. Students deserve at least 180 days of actual instruction. Educational leaders need more freedom to try new approaches, greater ability to root out poor teachers, and on and on and on.
And the state does need to find efficiencies to put more money into improving outcomes. The audit suggest possible ways to do that.
West Virginians are eighth in the percentage of personal income spent on public education. As the audit pointed out, the state is 47th in education performance.
That is not acceptable.
State leaders should work now to prepare a solid set of proposed legislation so they can hit the ground running in the new year.
Changes should be possible for the new school year in August.