While watching the drama surrounding the state Department of Education and the state school board, I am reminded of Little League games that erupt into brawls among parents while the kids sit by dumbfounded.
In this case, the stakes are much higher: Adults are fighting over rules while their children's future continues to diminish.
For decades, West Virginia has been in the bottom five of just about every economic and educational ranking in the United States.
The American Legislative Exchange Council's National Education Report Card rankings rated West Virginia 51st in student performance, and on a scale of A through F on education reform, a D+, the lowest grade given.
We lived in Fairmont for 20 years. We found it a wonderful place to live.
However, to improve education, health and economic opportunities for the state, changes must be made.
Change begins at the top. Re-electing and re-appointing the same people in the same positions are yielding the same results.
The state Board of Education exists to oversee the education system and provide the best opportunity available for the children of the Mountain State. According to the audit, the state spends a lot with little to show.
Board president Wade Linger and the rest of the board not only should change the consistently poor education that the children in the state receive, they must act like adults in this matter.
Let them do their job. The future of West Virginia depends on it.
George H. Perich