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Governor: Jim Justice
Superintendent of Schools: Michael J. Martirano
Quality Counts state grade: C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment: 280,310
Number of school districts: 57
Number of public schools: 757
Number of public school teachers: 20,029
Unadjusted education spending per student: $11,260
Percent minority students: 9.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch: 46.1%
Percent of students with disabilities: 15.8%
Percent of English-language learners: 1.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient

         4th grade math: 35.0%
          8th grade math: 23.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
          4th grade reading: 32.4%
          8th grade reading: 27.8%

The wave of school strikes that started in West Virginia a year ago seems to be moving more funding into public education, nationally.

According to a report by the American Federation of Teachers, average K-12 funding stalled or fell between 2008 and last year.

Economist Sylvia Allegretto has studied the issue as co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California-Berkeley. She said average pay for teachers actually dropped slightly in that time, and now is nearly 20 percent below what similar college graduates make. She noted the states that followed West Virginia in having statewide strikes last year had some of the widest pay differentials.

Gov. Jim Justice confirmed that West Virginia is making school employees' pay and health insurance a bigger priority now that state revenue is finally rising after years of red ink.

Education Still on West Virginians' Mind

On West Virginia's Mind…

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Facts at a Glance

Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.

A Special Legislative Session

Starts May 20 at 2pm

According to Senate spokeswoman, Jacque Bland - when the special session restarts Monday - lawmakers will work only on regular legislative session bills that were vetoed on technicalities — not special session education issues. The session could then break again and reconvene later.

Senate Democrats said the first topic of the legislation will be “getting to the root of the social problems that follow students to schools.” Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, proposed adding one more full-time mental health professional for every school in the state. He said another part of the Democratic legislation will seek to reduce the number of children born dependent on substances through expanding the existing Drug Free Moms and Babies program.

Other Democratic proposals Monday included increasing the amount of money teachers receive to purchase classroom supplies and expanding vocational education.

BCDA's next meeting of 2019 is…

May 28th

 (Tuesday, because of Memorial Day Monday) 
Hoss's Steak and Sea House Restaurant

195 Aikens Ctr (Edwin Miller Blvd.)
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Come early (6-ish) to eat in the meeting room and catch up with your friends

The General Meeting starts at 7pm.