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Legislative forum addresses educational issues in the Northern Panhandle


Candidates for West Virginia state offices in the Northern Panhandle came to the board room of Ohio County’s Board of Education on Tuesday night. 

In what organizers billed as a “legislative forum” administrators, support staff, and teachers brought their thoughts and ideas to those candidates.

Many of those speaking with the candidates spoke of “micromanaging by Charleston” and asked for more local control of schools in exchange for increased oversight by the state.

Others told the candidates West Virginia’s universities do not certify teachers the same way, leading to issues filling teaching vacancies.

“You might find yourself in a situation where you have a really good math teacher, and you would like to have that math teacher to teach, maybe a section or two of eighth grade math when their certification is nine through 12,” explained Warren Lee Grace, Jr., President of the Wetzel County Board of Education. ” And you just can’t do that.”

Educators added that schools have great difficulty finding certified teachers in mathematics and foreign languages, and the state needed to consider other means of certification to help fill those jobs.

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