CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Board of Education members say they're ready to work with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to help reform the state's public schools.
Board President Wade Linger wrote a letter to the governor's office on behalf of the board on Thursday, detailing the board's plans to tackle Tomblin's list of priorities for education reform, which include establishing a Commission on Small School Systems to review the current structure.
Tomblin wrote the board a letter on Wednesday, the day of his State of the State address. Education was the primary focus of Wednesday's speech, with an emphasis on enhancing student performance by first increasing the number of qualified teachers in the state.
In Tomblin's letter, the governor calls for six proposals that will "more efficiently and effectively provide the leadership our education systems needs and deserves" - many of which align with the education audit conducted in 2011 at his request.
"The audit made several fiscal efficiency findings targeted at providing a high return on educational expenditures. Continued consideration of these findings is an important part of identifying available funds to be reallocated towards our mutual educational goals that increase student achievement," Tomblin wrote in the letter. "It is my goal to strengthen the working relationship between my office and the board."
Tomblin's proposals for the board to consider include: