Many of Kanawha County's 28,000 public school students will start the 2013/2014 school year today with excitement and trepidation as they meet new teachers, make new friends and begin another term of growth.
It's also an exciting day for teachers who have a new batch of kids to shape into productive citizens.
Operating an effective system of free education is among the most important things that the state does.
While there are many success stories, there is much room for improvement. A statewide education audit published in 2012 identified many ways to make school systems better, primarily by deregulating the state's highly regulated system.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed a package of
reforms to the 2013 Legislature. The Legislature
responded by overregulating "deregulation."
Policymakers need to continue to work toward more effective schools by:
* Allowing charter schools.
* Giving principals levels of authority commensurate with their responsibility.