An audit of West Virginia's public education system made a strong case that the way the state currently runs schools produces unacceptable results for kids at high cost to taxpayers.
Auditors' recommendations excited members of the state Board of Education and member of both parties. The possibility of real change is in the air.
Not everybody wants it.
The West Virginia Education Association conducted seven "educator forums" across the state. It presented a report on those sessions to legislators on Tuesday:
* No to "merit pay" - better pay for better results.
* No to giving more weight to student performance in teacher evaluations.
* No to reducing the weight given to seniority.
* No to "differential pay" - higher pay for those qualified to fill math, science positions.
* No to extending the school year.
* No to mandating 180 days of instruction.
* No to giving principals more authority to hire and fire teachers.
* No to programs that allow college graduates without teaching degrees to teach in low-income schools.