W.Va. Department of Education to host 7 public forums

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) - The West Virginia Department of Education announced plans to host seven public forums across the state to discuss improvements.

Each of the forums will be hosted by an experienced facilitator and will consist of a presentation and roundtable discussions, officials said in a news release.

"These small group discussions will seek input on the core issues surrounding education and bring together a range of perspectives and viewpoints from across the state," officials stated.

The department will report back to Gov. Jim Justice and members of the state Legislature with strategies to improve student achievement.

“As the state’s lead education agency, we have an obligation to facilitate input from all stakeholders concerning education betterment,” state Superintendent Steven L. Paine said. “We have received full support from Governor Justice and legislative leadership to solicit stakeholder input statewide.”

The public is invited to participate in the forums, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms will be available at wvde.us.

Later this week, the department plans to post three online surveys– one for parents and community members, one for students and one for educators.

The first of the forums will take place on March 18 at Cabell Midland High School in Cabell County.

Other have been scheduled at Capital High School in Kanawha County; Woodrow Wilson High School in Raleigh County; Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County; Wheeling Park High School in Ohio County; Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County; and Mount View High School in McDowell County. The dates and times for those forums have not been announced.