From your Co-President Jason Crouch
FCEA has partner with Oak Hill First Brethren Church and the Windhaven Brethren Church in Mount Jackson, VA in collecting coats for our students. OH First Brethren Church is arranging the transportation for the coats that the Windhaven Brethren Church has collected. If you know of students in your school that could use a coat please contact me at email@example.com.
Fayette County’s Excess Levy
The excess levy is renewed every five years by Fayette voters. The time for that renewal will be in a few months. The excess levy pays for many things in the Fayette County School’s Budget:
We need to make sure we educate our staff, friends, and families on the excess levy. The first thing you can do is register to vote.
NEA Members are entitled to Complimentary Life Insurance. Have you named your beneficiary? From: WVEA Today September 2017
If you’re an eligible NEA member, you’re covered. You have NEA Complimentary Life Insurance issued by Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential). It’s active right now and you don’t have to take a nickel out of your pocket to keep it active.
But you will want to take a minute or so to name your beneficiary or reconfirm the choice you already made. Making your choice can speed up benefit payment to loved ones who need them.
Don’t wait! Name your beneficiary today and get a free tote bag from NEA Members Insurance trust. Go to neamb.com/free-tote or call 1-855-NEA-LIFE (632-5433) and mention offer code: TOTEBAG.
WV lawmakers hear proposals for elected
state school board
RYAN QUINN | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia lawmakers heard Tuesday (Oct. 17) about general proposals to allow voters to elect state Board of Education members and allow lawmakers themselves to reject and amend policies that the state school board passes.
The hour-and-a-half legislative interim meeting came after the House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution 24 during this year’s regular legislative session.
It would’ve put before voters a constitutional amendment that, if voters approved it, would’ve made six of the board’s nine voting members elected officials. They’re currently all gubernatorial appointees.
The amendment also would’ve let the Legislature reject the policies the board passes — a power lawmakers have over rules passed by other state agencies, including the higher education agencies.
Delegate Roy Cooper, R-Summers, sponsored the resolution, which had House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, among its eight co-sponsors, also all Republicans.
But the House Judiciary Committee transformed the joint resolution into a mere resolution requiring a study.
To even get before voters, such a resolution would need to be approved by two-thirds majorities in both the full House and Senate.
The state board and lawmakers have butted heads in recent years over Common Core education standards and standardized tests. One of the presenters Tuesday from the National Conference of State Legislatures discussed the issue of legislative power over state board decisions in the context of the backlash against Common Core.
Proposed federal budget could cut
funding for school lunch programs
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer
The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the federal budget for this fiscal year could significantly shrink a program that has expanded free meals to public school students, especially in West Virginia.
The state Department of Education and the Food Research & Action Center, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-hunger nonprofit, say that could happen if the Community Eligibility Provision is changed. Under that provision, schools and school districts can serve free meals to all students — and be reimbursed for a majority of those meals — so long as 40 percent of students automatically qualify for free meals.
Both agencies point to a House Budget Committee report, which, as one possible policy change, suggests a higher threshold of students to “better target program resources to lower-income households.”
And the state education department pointed to a video of a Budget Committee meeting in which a congresswoman asks, “Does the resolution assume any changes to child nutrition programs, like the school lunch program?” The brief response references a threshold increase from 40 percent to 60 percent.
WV Dept. of Ed. selects new assessment
for grades 3-8
By Jake Jarvis Staff writer
Starting in the spring, students in grades 3 through 8 will take the American Institute for Research’s math and English language arts assessment as the new statewide standardized test, replacing the Smarter Balanced exam.
The state Department of Education selected the AIR assessment Friday, a test which assistant superintendent of teaching and learning Lou Maynus said closely aligns with the state’s curriculum.
“I can tell you that this assessment will be very tightly aligned to our current standards, because it’s being built for our standards,” Maynus said when asked how different the AIR assessment was from Smarter Balanced.
The state’s current standards, the College- and Career-readiness standards, are largely the Common Core math and English standards.