I am a teacher in Jefferson County and I still want a full investigation regarding the firing of state superintendent Jorea Marple, plus an inquiry of how the ridiculous statewide school audit transpired. Wade Linger and the rest of the state Board of Education are ignorant. They have no idea what they're talking about, and the firing of Marple smells fishy, particularly since Linger approached the temporary superintendent about the job before Marple was fired.
Linger and other board members say they wanted to take education in a "different direction." It galls me to know that major decisions affecting the education of our children are being made by individuals who are incredibly out of touch with what really happens in our schools.
If this audit was realistic, I doubt the Legislature would have called it "weak." As far as the governor goes, he made a poor decision to hire a consultant firm, to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars, which has no educational expertise.
I recommend all state education offices take a long, hard look at themselves. There are redundancies, and in some cases, secretaries who have secretaries. Curtailing bureaucracy would save millions of dollars.
I have written to Sen. Manchin, the governor and The Washington Post about all of this. Non-educators have absolutely no business making educational decisions. I suggest that teachers, parents and administrators who oppose this mess submit a no-confidence vote regarding the state BOE.
Jackson Street has become deplorable place
That house at 1411 Jackson Street should be razed immediately, and the owner -- Shame on him! There is no excuse for such conditions. And to think that people were paying some $495 per month rent per unit, with seven units in a building designed to house one family.
Conditions in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Jackson Street absolutely break my heart. About 10 years ago, when I was visiting in Charleston, my hometown, I drove up the 1500 block, not knowing until I couldn't turn around and escape that it has become quite unsafe. I was frightened to be there. When I was growing up, Jackson Street was a nice place to live. What a horrible shock to see it now!
I regret that I have no real answers. Is the problem caused by slumlords? Obviously, the problems are varied and complex. Does Charleston really care about the health and safety of its residents? Jackson Street should never have been allowed to deteriorate to its present state. I realize that some neighboring streets are also infested, but which other streets will be next? What else might happen to our beloved East End?
Let's fix it, Charleston. I cry for you, Charleston, because I still love you even though I no longer reside there.
Margaret Blaine Gross