August 3, 2018
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Board of Education’s committee on school finance and funding will hold its inaugural meeting at 9 a.m. on August 8 to begin discussions surrounding the adequacy of education funding. Past President of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), Tom Campbell, will serve as chair of the committee, which comprises a diverse group of stakeholders.
The committee’s focus will be to advocate for schools and teachers to receive the necessary resources to do their jobs effectively. The committee will tackle issues such as teacher pay, retirement and benefits and the school funding formula.
“Investing in our children should be a top priority,” Campbell said. “Equity in funding has been a major focus for West Virginia throughout the last several years. We must also ensure the funding formula addresses adequate resources to school districts in order to provide a thorough and efficient education to all students.”
In addition to State Board of Education members Scott Rotruck and Jim Wilson, the committee includes representatives from the West Virginia Association of School Administrators (WVASA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-WV), the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), an elementary school principal, a high school principal and the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Finance.
“Today’s students are the lifeblood of West Virginia’s economy,” said WVBE President David Perry. “It is our responsibility to ensure each of them receives a quality education to prepare them for success as tomorrow’s innovators.”
The committee will meet at 9 a.m. on August 8, 2018 in Capitol Building 6, Room 353 (Board Conference Room), 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.