The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 20, 2013

Chamber supports education reforms

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce supports bold education reforms that will be proposed this legislative session. Education reform was a major topic of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State speech this month and will likely be the primary topic of discussion for the Legislature.

“Education in West Virginia must change. And that change begins now,” Gov. Tomblin said.

“The West Virginia Chamber has several core beliefs for education,” according to Steve Roberts, president of the group.

-- Enroll all 4-year-olds in a quality pre-K.

-- Every child must be taught by an effective teacher.

-- Children must be reading at grade level by 3rd grade.

-- Evaluations of schools and personnel are vital to performance.

-- More exposure to learning opportunities, more time with teachers is needed.

-- Not all children learn in the same way — innovation is key.

As the Governor works to finalize his education bill, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce stands ready to lend its support.

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest business advocacy organization, representing members in all 55 counties who employ over half of the state’s workforce.