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W.Va. State BOE to Reconsider Marple Firing; Responds to Education Audit
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on November 21, 2012 @ 7:14PM
Created on November 21, 2012 @ 5:43PM
 
The State Board of Education said they'll reconsider firing Jorea Marple next Thursday, so that, quote "the public voice continues to be heard". Some people feel her termination violates the state open meetings law.  The public will also get a chance to comment on her firing at that meeting.
 
Some think politics played a role in her firing, since Joe Manchin's wife is one of the board members. Many people have also complained that the board gave no reason for why they fired her.  Some are so upset about Marple's firing, that they held a vigil in support of her Tuesday night in Charleston.  Not only that, a couple also filed a lawsuit in our state's supreme court.
 
However, no matter how many people are supporting Marple, board president Wade Linger said it's likely she'll be re-fired next Thursday.  That's not the only thing the state BOE is making headlines for.  On Wednesday, they also responded to the audit of the school system.
 
The board made it clear, they aren't happy with the current progress in our public schools.  The audit also made the claim that our state has the most bureaucratic school system in the country.  The state board wants to change that as well.
 
They'd like more power at the local levels.  The problem is, state law would have to change for that to happen.  In the board's response, they outlined 5 areas they feel need to be addressed.  They are: develop, reward and retain great educators; raise educational quality; align education to workforce needs and careers; empower learning through technology and maximize operational efficiencies.
 
Now, the board didn't agree with everything in the findings.  The audit said schools should require a 180 day school year, but the board said they'd rather aim for a year round schedule.

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