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"Christian parents are _commanded_ to place their children under godly and Christian teaching, not neo-pagan or humanistic instruction. Whether we acknowledge it or not, only two choices remain-- obedience or disobedience to God’s commands. (See Col. 2:8; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Deut. 6:1-9; Mal. 4:6; 2 Cor. 6:14-19 along with Luke 6:40. Matt. 22:37-38 and Eph. 6:4)" E. Ray Moore.

From the 2022 Governor’s State of the State address:

“We are going to continue to make education our centerpiece by investing in our greatest treasure - our children.”1-12-22 from his remote address.

“Let me tell you just this. There is no question we can make education better and better all the time. There is no question we put a stake in the sand, right off the get-go and said, ‘Make education our priority,’ did we not? Things started to change. We have done many, many things and we are on a journey to make it better and better and better and better.” 1-27-22 from his in-person address.

Karl’s comment: BWAHAHA! Please check previous statements by West Virginia governors and decide if this is the last time you get conned. Take note of the “General Revenue Funds Appropriations” below!


“The difference between insane asylums and our public schools is that in the insane asylum you have to show some improvement before you can get out.”

Please look at the school news below as well as for other years (along with my articles) for documentation about why tax-payers should “just say NO!” to pouring more money down the government school rat-hole.

Among these headlines you can easily follow common threads of drug abuse, sex (including teachers with students and promotion of sexual perversion), lack of disciple, violence, poor academic standards, crime, anti-Christianity, and wanting more and more money “for the kids”.

Sex crimes in the education system are rampart and traceable to the decay of society which is closely connected to humanism taking over “public” schools. Parents in Kanawha County warned of this in 1974. Now, we are simply reaping what is sown.

The sin of sexual abuse is inexcusable, but the fact is that it is rare that church personnel molests a child. That is not so with school personnel. You will be amazed at the reports of school personnel sex with students throughout the WV School news headlines. See the comments on this issue on the main WV News page. Also, teachers, unlike preachers, do not get scandalized for their adultery and other sex escapades with adults. See the March 26, 2009 headline “W.Va. teacher charged with sex assault of teen” for a sad, but pertinent point. (Note: Prior to 2018 I deleted names of teachers accused of sexual assaults. I changed that policy after having difficulty checking entries for duplications.)

The moral sickness in the school system goes all the way back to 1977--a couple of years after the Kanawha County Parents sounded the alarm.

(Note: Some of the links are closed by the media outlet after a period of time. Several of the headlines came from Charleston Daily Mail and Gazette on-line searches. All articles can be found by contacting the news source.)

THE TEST THAT TELLS THE TALE OF TRUTH: “The Nation’s Report Card” National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) from the National Center for Education Statistics.

“The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.” ( Webster defines “proficient” as “good at doing something.” (

New results will be posted when they are available.

Informative links:

See West Virginia text scores on the Nation’s Report Card.

This chart shows the incredible percentage of tax money that is wasted.


(Note: Some of the links below are closed by the media outlet after a period of time. All articles can be found by contacting the news source.)



'Oh my gosh, not another one': W.Va. educators react to gun violence in schools 6-2-22
(Dunbar Middle School Counselor Michelle K. Smith) Active shooter drills have become a new normal in schools, and Smith said it takes a mental toll. "I have one particular student who came in after a drill said to me, 'Ms. Smith, I don't want to die at school,' I said, 'Sweetheart, that's why we do these drills, so you know exactly what to do,'" Smith said. Karl’s comment: OPEN YOUR EYES!

Principal explains how she keeps students safe in school amid school shootings 6-1-22
“Every school creates a school crisis and safety plan. We review that, we revise it every single year, and we make sure that we’re doing any and everything that we can to foresee things that could potentially happen and have a plan in place to try and take care of that,” Dr. Simpson said. Dr. Simpson said the faculty and staff at her school stay alert. She said they also monitor activities with cameras and video recordings. Karl’s comment: OPEN YOUR EYES!

More than 3,000 WV students approved for nonpublic school vouchers 5-30-22
Families who receive the vouchers will be able to spend the money on a nearly unlimited variety of public school alternatives, including religious and secular private schools and home-schooling. The state’s two most-populous counties are in the lead for the number of students approved: 404 in Kanawha and 280 in Berkeley…However, a lawsuit against state leaders could prevent the voucher money from actually reaching families. In that litigation, parents of public school students argue that the vouchers violate the state constitution because they take money away from public education…The vouchers, called Hope Scholarships, shift public education funding to private- and home-schooling by giving families money that otherwise would have gone to the public school systems their children would have enrolled in. State funding for county public school systems is largely based on enrollment. Currently, the program is open to either rising kindergartners whose parents divert them from public schools or older students already in public schools whose families choose to withdraw them. Karl’s comment: This is good that there are fewer children in public schools, but vouchers are deceptive.

Teen charged, accused of sexual assault at high school 5-26-22
According to court records, 18-year-old expelled Spring Valley student Joshua Tackett is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student on campus during school hours. The criminal complaint says a school resource officer, who’s a deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, was walking the halls at Spring Valley High School on April 7 when he came across a girl who was crying. He asked her what the problem was, and she said she needed to talk to someone about being raped. The complaint says during a forensics interview, the student said on March 14, Tackett approached her at lunch and got her to go with him to the choir room, where he took keys off the teacher’s desk while the teacher wasn’t there, and then he unlocked the auditorium…The victim said the same thing happened again on March 24, and that time Tackett pinned her head under a chair. Karl’s comment: This is seriously sad, but spiritual rape occurs to multiple children, every day, in public schools.

West Virginia School Agrees to Pay $225,000 to End Atheist Group's Lawsuit over Elective Bible Class 5-26-22
Mercer County Schools agreed to a settlement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a lawsuit that began in January 2017 when the FFRF sued the school district over its Bible in the Schools program. The Bible in the Schools program was first started at Bluefield High School in 1939 and eventually spread to other schools across the county…"Forcing Jane Doe to choose between putting her child in a Bible study class or subjecting her child to the risk of ostracism by opting out of the program violates the rights of conscience of Jane and Jamie Doe and therefore their First Amendment rights." Karl’s comment: The demons won.

Local teachers grapple with Texas school shooting, call for change 5-26-22
The horrific situation has hit home for people around the country, including local educators who fear for when the next heartbreak will come…Teachers are now tasked with teaching the littlest of students hard lessons. "It is extremely difficult to even explain to them what an intruder is,” Burns said. Part of the new job description includes conversations about active shooters and drills to help prepare students. "I have to explain to students we're going to hide, lock the door, and barricade,” Burns said. “The next time I have to say we're going to run from the building if someone were to trip and fall, you keep running. You don't stop and wait for anyone. It's scary and these are things I never thought I had to tell my students." Karl’s comment: Open Your Eyes!

Huntington High School teacher charged with solicitation of a minor 5-25-22
An English teacher at Huntington High School has been charged with solicitation of a minor after allegedly sending sexual text messages and pictures to underage girls for more than three years… They say Litteral, an English teacher at Huntington High School, would allegedly ask underage students and church attendees for inappropriate pictures. He would also send nude photos of himself and send messages that were sexual in nature over social media and through text messages. The criminal complaint says one person alleges girls would stop going to the church Litteral went to due to him. One victim says that Litteral would ask them to not tell anyone about the messages because he did not physically touch them. The complaint says Litteral told law enforcement he was “black-out drunk” and had no recollection of any allegations. Karl’s comment: The data is indisputable regarding the dangers for government school children experiencing sexual abuse. You can easily follow the thread of school personnel sex with students throughout the WV School news headlines. Be sure to see the May 11, 2015 June 1, 2008, October 17, 2005, and October 20, 1993 headlines!!! Also, look for the term “porn.

As school enrollment declines in most W.Va. counties, schools forced to cut positions 5-23-22
Public school enrollment in West Virginia has gone down every year since 2014. According to the West Virginia Department of Education, there are 1,400 fewer students this year compared to last year… Fewer students means less funding through the state school aid formula. Kanawha County has the state's largest enrollment by far with more than 24,000. This year, it had 380 less students than the year before. Karl’s comment: This is GOOD NEWS. That is more children rescued.

Taylor County BOE faces lawsuit after boy was tied to chair 5-17-22
The suit, filed by Justin and Amanda Sharp in Taylor County Circuit Court, alleges that a special education teacher and an aide at Anna Jarvis Elementary School bound their 9-year-old son with a gait belt for 22 minutes, while the teacher ate lunch. The boy suffers from a number of conditions that cause him to need help and supervision for most tasks, the lawsuit says. He uses a wheelchair or standing device and needs adult help to transfer on and off of his chair or furniture. He also has a very limited vocabulary and cannot speak in sentences, the suit goes on to say…(Omitted-disturbing description of the incident)… The teacher also restrained another special needs child, for about 10 minutes, while she ate her lunch, says the suit. Karl’s comment: See 4-3 entry below and the 10-25 entry on the 2021 WV News page.

(This was aired, but not put on the WCHS website and no other media covered it. The following was provided by WCHS after I called the station. Karl)
Parents of students from Ravenswood high school and middle school gathered to say there needs to be more legislation to protect students against harassment and discrimination. Karl’s comment: A mother, who spoke on camera, said there have been broken bones and stabbings.

Student accused of striking school bus driver in head multiple times with iPad 4-27
Charleston police said a juvenile petition was signed against a student for battery on a school official after the student struck a bus driver in the head multiple times in the head with a school-issued iPad…A medic was called to the scene and treated the driver. Karl’s comment: Perhaps the student’s head was impacted by the curriculum on the “school-issued iPad.”

Taylor Co. teacher arrested for groping student, placing groin on her leg 4-21-22
According to court documents, a 14-year-old girl told the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department that Samuel Myers, 43 of Flemington, inappropriately touched her inside of a classroom at Taylor County Middle School in Grafton. Deputies said the incident took place in February earlier this year while Myers was employed at the school as a fifth-grade teacher. According to deputies, Myers and the eighth-grader were alone in his classroom when he touched her sexually by putting his groin on her leg, to where she could “feel the physical contact of the defendant’s penis”, and putting his hand on her genitals. Through investigation, deputies also learned that Myers frequently messaged the victim outside of school hours without her parents’ knowledge. In these messages, Myers repeatedly told her to come to his classroom after school, even though he wasn’t her teacher. Karl’s comment: See the next entry.

Former substitute teacher charged with sending teen obscene messages 4-18-22
The Logan County Sheriff’s Department says they received a complaint on April 7, 2022 regarding concerning “social media material” that had been sent to a Logan High School student from a Chapmanville Middle School substitute teacher. The criminal complaint states that the suspect, identified as Christopher Tyler Brewster, of Chapmanville, is facing charges of preparation, distribution or exhibition of obscene matters to a minor…According to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court, Miller said a conversation that was sexual in nature with images was sent from Brewster to the Logan High School student, who is a juvenile. Karl’s comment: The data is indisputable regarding the dangers for government school children experiencing sexual abuse. You can easily follow the thread of school personnel sex with students throughout the WV School news headlines. Be sure to see the  May 11, 2015 June 1, 2008October 17, 2005, and October 20, 1993 headlines!!! Also, look for the term “porn.

19 WV schools to receive expanded mental health services 4-18-22
More students in the state will have access to Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) services thanks to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). More students in the state will have access to Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) services thanks to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Karl’s comments: The public schools have a major responsibility for student poor mental health, not to mention the (more important) spiritual health.

Homeschooling on the rise as parents want more say on what their kids are learning 4-15-22
Fifty percent of Americans feel parents don’t have enough say in the classroom, according to a new AP-NORC poll. As America remains divided over controversial curricula pertaining to race and sexuality, about a quarter of Americans feel that teachers focus too much on those issues. According to the Census Bureau, around 3% of U.S. students were homeschooled before the pandemic. In the 2020-21 school year, homeschooling increased by 63% but only decreased by 17% in the last school year — showing many parents choosing to continue to homeschool even as schools reopen and COVID-19 cases decline…“Ours started growing during the first teacher strike, went up even more during the second teacher strike. And then the pandemic just exploded it exponentially,” said Kathie Hess Crouse from the West Virginia Home Educators Association. “Parents having kids at home, seeing what their kids were or were not learning, seeing how far behind they were.” Karl’s comment: this is GREAT news!

Teacher, principal get 3-day penalty in revival 4-14-22
Charleston Gazette Mail page. 3A
Huntington High School’s principal and a teacher have been issued three-day suspensions without pay two months after a Christian revival at Huntington High School…organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes…roughly two weeks later, some (students) sued…(The preacher) urged students “to follow Jesus”… Karl’s comment: See the 2-9 entry below.

Need for more teachers' aides expressed for West Virginia classrooms 4-12-22
"Public school teachers today are guidance counselors, they're nurses, they're psychologists, they're therapists, they're parents and grandparents in ways that they were never trained to be”…To fill the gaps right now, Kanawha County Schools has been hiring contracted parent assistants. Karl’s comment: What a mess!

Declining enrollment in Marion County Schools raises staffing concerns 4-10-22
The declining enrollment is equivalent to around $3 million in lost funding from the state, as the amount of money dedicated to school districts is tied to the state’s funding formula for public schools. Karl’s comment: This is GOOD NEWS.

Huntington Middle School students' protest calls for disciplinary action for gym teacher 4-8-22
Another Cabell County school employee is under investigation this week after being accused of inappropriate behavior by students. On Friday, the students took to the sidewalks after school to demand that Huntington Middle school fire their gym teacher Jason Eaches. Multiple students tell Eyewitness News he talks to them and looks at them inappropriately…"We're hoping that he gets suspended for a long time or he gets fired because he shouldn't be a teacher if he's going to do this to us or make us feel uncomfortable because no student should feel uncomfortable around a teacher," she said. Karl’s comment: I’d like to know what the teacher said that made the students feel “uncomfortable”. How he “looks at them inappropriately” would really be interesting. If he is one of the many teacher perverts, I support him being dealt with appropriately. However, watching the video showed me a bunch of liberal brain-washed kids. I don’t know if two women are part of the protest, but the board meeting had one tattooed like a thug and another with short purple hair. A connection?

Two teens arrested in school shooting plot 4-6-22 -in-school-shooting-plot/
Two teenage brothers are behind bars after a stolen gun wound up on a Jackson County school bus with an apparent plot to target at least one individual. “Quite honestly, I don’t think the general public can appreciate just how close this was to actually happening,” said Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger. According to the sheriff, the firearm, a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, was stolen during a home break-in last weekend. The suspect in the theft is age 16 and was taken into custody. The gun wound in the hands of his 15 year old brother who had it in his backpack with plans to shoot somebody at Ripley Middle School Wednesday. “It does appear there was a legitimate effort made to not only bring this gun to school, but to carry out a plan to shoot and execute at least one person,” Mellinger said… The driver immediately went into action and evacuated students from the bus, with the exception of the suspected student with the firearm. It happened as the bus was making a planned stop at Evans Elementary School where students and staff were entering the school and preparing for the day. Mellinger said it was unfortunate timing and potentially exposed 400 more victims. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Lincoln County student charged for unloaded gun, knife at school 4-6-22
He says the second student they questioned was found to have a black powder revolver and a knife. That student was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds and one count of a minor in possession of a deadly weapon. Lincoln County High School released a statement earlier today saying gun was not loaded, the firing mechanism was missing from the gun and no ammunition for the weapon was found. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Magazine, ammo found in Ripley Middle School locker room 4-6-22
Superintendent Blaine Hess says that a student found ammo filled magazine in the girl’s locker room on the floor. He says that they searched students’ bags and did a sweep of the school. Nothing was found as a result of that. There was no threat and they called parents last night to alert them, according to Hess. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Principal told girls to follow dress code or boys might touch them, students in WV say 4-6-22
“Our principal, Mrs. Perry … she called us to the cafeteria to talk about the dress code, and once we got in there she told us not to wear pajamas, crop tops or ripped jeans or show our shoulders,” one of the Huntington East Middle School students told members of the Cabell County school board during a meeting on Tuesday, April 5. “After that, they told us that they did not want boys to be distracted by our clothes and they said that if we get touched inappropriately while wearing these clothes to not tell the school because they won’t do anything.”…The principal has been suspended for three days without pay, but Superintendent Ryan Saxe said it was ⁠ for reasons unrelated to the allegations, according to the Herald-Dispatch. Students said that the principal ’ s comments constituted victim blaming and sent a dangerous message to young girls. Karl’s comment: More sick school samples.

Alleged special education student abuse at Dunbar Middle suggests restraints weren't recorded 4-3-22
In July, a former Dunbar Middle School aide said in a deposition that he had restrained a child who has autism “almost every single day.” West Virginia Board of Education policy requires public schools to promptly send written notifications to parents and place these documents in the child’s record each time “restraint,” defined as “reasonable force,” is used. These documents must include details such as who did the restraining, how long it lasted and the alternatives to force that were attempted. Lawyers representing the parents say the school system has provided no documents showing these written notifications were created, given to the parents or placed in the child’s file…

In their lawsuit against the school system, the parents claim Lanz and another aide, Vanessa Dorsey, abused their child and used excessive force while restraining him. The child is identified in court records by the initials T.A…Concerns about Lanz were raised in depositions and Child Protective Services reports quoted in that pretrial testimony. Lanz punched the boy in the face twice, according to William Courts, an autism mentor fired from his job. A parent said Lanz put the child in a headlock or chokehold. Lanz denied those claims. A visitor to the school said Lanz threw the boy onto mats. Lanz said he didn’t recall doing that…

School lawyers and deposed employees say the boy injured employees. Courts said an aide required stitches after being bitten “through” the chin by the child on the first day of school.

Lanz said he was “in over his head” with the boy and tried to leave the position. Gilliam said he initially blocked Lanz from doing that. Other aides wouldn’t agree to work in the classroom, Gilliam said. At one point, Gilliam wrote to former Kanawha schools Superintendent Ron Duerring, expressing “concerns about the state of liability” at the school “due to issues revolving [around] a challenging and dangerous student.” Gilliam also wrote about a”lack of sufficient staffing.” In his deposition, Gilliam said, “the amount of injuries were overwhelming.”
Karl’s comment: So sad!

Juvenile Petition filed after threats at Oak Hill Schools 3-29-22
A juvenile petition was filed for a suspect that made threats against Oak Hill Middle and High School. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Officials call Huntington High School threat a hoax, student criminally charged 3-29-22
A 17-year-old high school student is being criminally charged after admitting to posting a fake threat on social media about another student having a gun at school…The school was placed on lockdown while officers investigated the legitimacy of any threat. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

WV Treasurer's Office says more than 1,100 non-public school vouchers awarded in 1st month of applications 3-22-22
The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office says it has approved nonpublic school vouchers for more than 1,100 students since applications opened March 1 for the new program…There is an ongoing lawsuit against top state officials that could prevent the voucher money from ever reaching families. In that lawsuit, three parents of public school students argue that the vouchers violate the state constitution because they funnel money away from public education. The vouchers shift public education funding to private- and home-schooling by giving families money that would have otherwise gone to the public school systems their children would have enrolled in. State funding for county public school systems is largely based on enrollment. Karl’s comment: Vouchers are a thorn by any other name. As a national homeschool leader (e. Ray Moore of Exodus Mandate) says, “When we reach for the money the handcuffs go on. After several years they will change the rules and make K-12 private and Christian education conform to their leftist rules and bring us under their control and domination.” An anonymous West Virginia homeschool leader told me, “I look for regulations to follow in upcoming years. Legislators, when pushing this law, claimed that it gave parents more choices. But actually, the choices are the same. It's only who pays for the choices that is at issue. If I would have had my choice, we would have tax credits instead.” I, Karl, point out that l iberals are very concerned that government schools will lose money and subjects to indoctrinate. Hence, the lawsuit.

Is there still a teaching shortage in Cabell County? 3-21-22
After a year of hosting job fairs and multiple job postings to attempt to fill teaching and substitute positions, the Cabell County school district says they’re almost back on track. “We’ve hired 127 professional teaching substitutes just during this school year. Many of those are 4-year degree employees that really didn’t take the traditional route to teaching, they didn’t go through the teaching college of education and that background. So, they really have a background in industry somewhere and they have come out and helped us in our classrooms and they’re substituting for us on a regular basis… Karl’s comment: I learned to teach when I got to the classroom. Here is an example that supports the ability of parents to homeschool their children.

PBHS student removed, no weapons found 3-17-22
Police and school officials “removed” a student from Philip Barbour High School but no weapons were found during an incident at the school Wednesday. Officials provided scant information following the situation… This is not the first such incident at Philip Barbour High School in recent years. On Aug. 25, 2015, Barbour County 911 operators were notified of a gunman at Philip Barbour High School holding students and a teacher in a second-floor classroom. Police and a family pastor spent two hours convincing the 14-year-old boy, who was carrying a semi-automatic pistol, to release the hostages and surrender. Karl’s comment: Just another day on the cell block.

'People need to know about everyone': Students weigh in on critical race theory debate 3-16-22
Tatyana Tolliver, who will graduate from Capital High School this fall, think more critical thinking about race relations and history is needed in the classroom… Tolliver joined Faith Reynolds, Kadaysia Davis and Tryston Freeman for a discussion with Eyewitness News as the four students from different schools and different backgrounds all agree the history lessons they have learned in public school have room to go deeper… Critical race theory is defined as a movement that says racism has been weaved into American institutions creating inequalities across the board between white people and people of color… As students have watched critical race theory debates play out across the nation and in their own state, they say those against critical race theory fear that teaching certain lessons in public schools would make students feel uncomfortable. Lessons regarding race could cause students to blame themselves for events that happened before they were born… The students agree that there are too many misconceptions and that critical race theory is simply unfiltered history. Karl’s comment: Some of the things these little liberals said seem fine, but their eyes would be opened if they faced Racial Reality.

W. Virginia Senate blows deadline to pass teaching race bill 3-13-22
The West Virginia Legislature's Republican supermajority failed to pass a controversial bill restricting how race is taught in public schools because they missed a midnight deadline in the final moments of the 2022 session, a state Senate spokesperson confirmed early Sunday…GOP lawmakers appeared unhurried as the clock ticked down Saturday, spending about an hour passing resolutions honoring two outgoing senators. Supporters of the Anti-Racism Act of 2022 said it aims to prevent discrimination based on race in K-12 public schools, banning teachers from telling students that one race “is inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.” The bill said students can’t be taught a person’s moral character is determined by their race, or that a person by virtue of their race “bears responsibility for actions committed by other members of the same race.” Karl’s comment: Liberals and race mongers backed down the cowardly Republicrites. However, this bill would not protect students from leftist indoctrination.

Lee ‘aggravated’ with legislature 3-9-22
Leaders of two teacher organizations expressed concern to members of the state Board of Education Wednesday about action taking by lawmakers this legislative session. “I’ve been aggravated at the legislature before but never more than this year,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee told the board… “I’m so aggravated right now of listening to how bad we are that it comes time to stand up and say ‘Enough. Enough is enough. Enough of the insanity,'” Lee said. West Virginia Professional Educators (WVPE) Executive Director David Gladkosky told the state BOE he’s heard a lot from his members in recent weeks concerning the legislative session. “They feel like they’re being compromised. They are seeing things that are giving them more worries and not giving them enough joy or assurance,” Gladkosky said…Gladkosky said they’re thankful for another pay raise but it doesn’t make up for ground lost… He criticized lawmakers for not reinvesting dollars lost in education connected to declining enrollment back into the counties. Karl’s comment: Mr. Lee is not facing the fact that public education is a failure. Despiste this, pay raises are coming. Sick AND sad.

Book Selections Draw Crowd to Ohio County Board of Education Meeting 3-1-22
Ohio County Schools isn’t removing ideas or learning from its elementary shelves, but it is replacing some books with others deemed “more appropriate” for young learning, according to Raquel McLeod, the district’s student services director…McLeod denied that the books had been “banned,” as some had claimed, and she pointed out some people present wearing shirts stating “facts matter.”.. She said she and a committee of teachers from throughout the school district began reviewing books sent to them as part of their new “Wit and Wisdom” reading series last August… The first book in question was “The Story of Ruby Bridges,” a book about a young Black girl’s experiences when she integrated into a New Orleans school in the 1960s. The book was to be taught to second grade students. But McLeod said when the committee reviewed illustrations in the book, there were signs shown in which “the N word” was used… After the meeting, McLeod said the committee that reviewed the books was open to all teachers in Ohio County Schools. But she also acknowledged there is little ethnic diversity among the county’s teachers to provide a broad-based review… McLeod said after the meeting she and the committee may re-examine some of the books deemed inappropriate for students after listening to the comments made by the public.

Karl’s comment: This is far from the 1974 Textbook Tea Party , but there is some similarities. Following are two follow-up articles.

A group of Ohio County teachers are hoping the issue of some books on race and religion being removed from their classrooms isn’t an open and shut chapter. Ohio County Schools Student Services Director Raquel McLeod said about 50 Ohio County educators met online Thursday to give their thoughts on the now-absent books… Ohio County Education Association President Jenny Craig (said) “A small but outspoken group of people should not have the power to influence county level decisions and dictate what should and should not be taught in our schools, and removing and replacing books based on the urging of others outside of the field of education is a dangerous precedent to set”… Discussion about the district’s “Wit and Wisdom” reading curriculum began in August, when Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones said during a school board meeting that the district had received calls from members of the public concerned about the content.

The Ohio County Schools textbook controversy, according to district officials, ends with books going back onto the shelves — though they may be higher ones only the teacher can reach. It has been decided all the language arts books last month deemed inappropriate for young readers mostly because of their illustrations will at least be read aloud to students, according to Ohio County Students Services Director Raquel McLeod… Last year, the textbook committee, made up of teachers throughout the district, selected the “Wit and Wisdom” reading series. Later, a conservative group voiced its concerns about the series to school administrators… McLeod stressed all the books previously under scrutiny now will be part of the curriculum in Ohio County’s elementary schools. “No books are being removed. We’re using all of them,” she said. “The two books with inappropriate photos we’re using as read alouds. The teachers are able to show all photos except the ones inappropriate…

Fourth grade teachers will meet this summer to discuss four other novels “with a focus on grade level and age appropriateness,” according to McLeod. The books will not be taught this school year because of time constraints. They are “Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Myths” by Natalie Hyde; “Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children” by Lisa Lunge-Larsen; “Understanding Greek Myths” by Joseph Bruchac; and “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech… Craig said the group’s members were aware of a nationwide group, “Moms for Liberty,” who opposed the “Wit and Wisdom” program. The nationwide group had made a lengthy video outlining their concerns regarding about 30 books contained in the reading series. Ohio County Concerned Parents’ opposition to Ohio County Schools using “Wit and Wisdom” came to light during a board of education meeting Aug. 8 at West Liberty Elementary School…

Carlee Dittmar is among the local conservatives who began contacting Ohio County Schools administrators last year with their concerns about the curriculum, and she has been attending recent board of education meetings. She is especially critical of any teachings relating to critical race theory. “It’s kind of interesting,” she said of the book controversy. “I do not want to dictate (what is being taught), but I also don’t want these kids to be learning things at an early age that seem to focus on hate.”

Bill that would allow teachers to concealed carry in classroom clears House panel 2-17-22
Smith said this is aimed at schools that don't have school resource officers. Those that already do may not consider this necessary, but the option would be there…West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is strongly opposed. "It really concerns me," Lee said. "We should be focusing on the mental health of these students…Smith said he talked to teachers who support and oppose this idea. "I understand both sides, but it comes down to the safety of our children," Smith said. "To me, it's a thing that we could do to prevent something from happening in the future." Karl’s comment: Public schools are dangerous places. See the below entry.

Many educators in West Virginia public schools struggling to stay in profession 2-17-22
A recent poll shows an alarming number of public school teachers and staff across the country plan to leave the profession earlier than planned due to several reasons including teacher burnout…She also points to teacher stress that some may not know about or consider. And that is, teachers are also the first line of defense for students in classrooms in the event of an emergency situation. Karl’s comment: The last sentence is alarming. See the above entry.

Promise Scholarship amount and requirements change for 2022-23 graduates 2-16-22
The WV HPEC also lowered test scores 2022-23 graduates must achieve for the Promise Scholarship. Karl’s comment: Another example of lowering standards because of the academic inadequacies of public schools.

Delegates hold back a bill looking at reading, math achievement for third graders 2-14-22
House Bill 4510 establishes a goal of ensuring third grade students are competent in reading and math before moving on to fourth grade…“It’s just making sure they’re ready to move on and we’re giving everything they need,” said Delegate Heather Tully, R-Nicholas. The bill could have established guidelines for students who don’t attain the standards to remain in third grade, although there are several exceptions…Officials told House Education members that under the standards of the bill, 72 percent of third graders would have been held back because of mathematics performance and 60 percent for English/language arts performance in 2020-21. That’s if retaining the students in their prior grade were mandatory. “We’ve got problems,” said Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood. Karl’s comment: These WV School News pages have proven, beyond any doubt, that public schools are academic failures! See West Virginia test scores on the Nation’s Report Card.

WV high school custodian arrested on child porn charges 2-14-22
Investigators say they received a CyberTip from the Kik’s internet service provider on Dec. 7, 2021, reporting a user for apparent child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, the user had allegedly uploaded approximately 15 files and had logged in from an IP address that resolved back to the Department of Education. eight of those files were videos and seven were images. Investigators contacted the WV DOE’s IT department and learned the IP address was allocated to Spring Valley High School. Karl’s comment: The data is indisputable regarding the dangers for government school children experiencing sexual abuse. You can easily follow the thread of school personnel sex with students throughout the WV School news headlines. Be sure to see the  May 11, 2015 June 1, 2008 October 17, 2005, and October 20, 1993   headlines!!! Also, look for the term “porn.”

Former teacher to enter guilty plea for sex offenses 2-13-22
Varner previously taught at Ansted Middle School. He allegedly sexually assaulted two students while they were intoxicated, sent victims sexually explicit text messages and made inappropriate comments toward the students. Karl’s comment: Ditto the 2-14 entry above.

Burch: WV student test scores improving despite education challenges 2-10-22
State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch…mentioned standardized test results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and SAT. In 2009, 19 percent of eighth grade students who took the NAEP were proficient in math compared to 24 percent in 2019. Fourth grade reading proficiency jumped from 26 percent in 2009 to 30 percent in 2019. Students who took the SAT were 19.9 percent proficient in math in 2015 compared to 23.4 percent in 2021. Reading/ELA also jumped from 48 percent in 2015 to 49.4 percent in 2021. Karl’s comment: It’s a continuing con of the tax payers and parents! “The Data is in the Details.” Be sure to see the reports of West Virginia public school test performance. Look for "report of West Virginia public school test performance" on individual year pages (not all pages have the data). Also, search for key words such as "tests" throughout these WV school news pages.

'Largest crisis we've ever faced': Alternative certification used to ease teacher shortage 2-9-22
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Clayton Burch said the problem goes beyond two of the largest counties. “This might actually be the largest crisis we’ve ever faced. We’re looking at about 1,200 vacancies," Burch said. "Now for the general public, this doesn’t mean we have classes without an adult in the room. It simply means we have about 1,200 teachers that don’t have the correct certification to be in those classrooms.”.. In the past, alternative certification has always required a candidate to have a degree close to the subject matter they want teach in, but now they can have any four-year degree. Karl’s comment: The fewer leftist indoctrinated teachers the better! With modern technology parents can homeschool their children through high school.

Christian revival at school prompts student walkout in W.Va. 2-9-22
6-year-old Cameron Mays and his classmates were told by their teacher to go to an evangelical Christian revival assembly. When students arrived at the event in the school’s auditorium, they were instructed to close their eyes and raise their arms in prayer, Mays said. The teens were asked to give their lives over to Jesus to find purpose and salvation. Those who did not follow the Bible would go to hell when they died, they were told.

(senior Max) Nibert and other Huntington students staged a walkout during their homeroom period Wednesday to protest the assembly. More than 100 students left their classrooms chanting, “Separate the church and state” and, “My faith, my choice.” School security turned away reporters who tried to cover the demonstration…More than 1,000 students attend Huntington High. The mini revival took place last week during COMPASS, a daily, “noninstructional” break in the schedule during which students can study for tests, work on college prep or listen to guest speakers, said Cabell County Schools spokesperson Jedd Flowers. Flowers said the event was voluntary, organized by the school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He said there was supposed to be a signup sheet for students, but two teachers mistakenly brought their entire class. “It’s unfortunate that it happened,” Flowers said. “We don’t believe it will ever happen again.”

But in this community of fewer than 50,000 people in southwestern West Virginia, the controversy has ignited a broader conversation about whether religious services — voluntary or not — should be allowed during school hours at all. A group of parents, the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and other organizations say the answer to this question is also no. They say such events are a clear violation of students’ civil rights. “It is inappropriate and unconstitutional for the District to offer religious leaders unique access to preach and proselytize students during school hours on school property,” Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes the separation of church and state, wrote in a letter to the school district. The district cannot “allow its schools to be used as recruiting grounds for churches,” the letter reads…

(25-year-old evangelical preacher Nik Walker of Nik Walker Ministries, who has been leading revivals in the Huntington area for more than two weeks) said he sees a lot of “hopelessness” in the Huntington area: students struggling with addiction, anxiety and depression…

During Wednesday’s walkout, Nibert passed around a petition for students to sign that he plans to deliver to the Cabell County Board of Education. The petition asks that the board apologize to families for what happened and discipline the teachers who mandated that students go to the assembly. It also calls for the review or creation of a board policy pertaining to religion or religiously motivated speakers in schools. Around 75 students signed.
Karl’s comment: This should not have happened. Unfortunately, God-hating government school officials will use it to censor Christianity even more.

Coach files complaint against police in Woodrow Wilson-Greenbrier East basketball scuffle 2-8-22
A high school coach has filed a complaint alleging two West Virginia State Police troopers used excessive force when detaining him after a scuffle at a girls basketball game…Nabors said his exchange with police began with a complaint about "racial slurs and epithets" directed at his team… Karl’s comment: This is another example of the gutter of government schools.

Warwood School Walk-Off Still Being Investigated 1-11-22
Ohio County Schools plans to ask its parents and staff for ideas on how best to keep children safe in the schools following a student walk-off from the Warwood School last week. A 6-year old boy had asked his teacher permission to go to the restroom, according to the boy’s mother in a recent Facebook post. He left the classroom unescorted only to leave the school and begin walking to his home at the top of Cherry Hill. He wore no coat on a cold day, the boy’s mother said, and it was estimated he was gone from his classroom for about 45 minutes outside until he was discovered by a passing motorist, who took him to a gas station and called police, who took him back to the school…The child’s mother, Katie Morris, expressed her anger about the incident in the Facebook post. “To get as far as he did, he would have had to be walking for no less than a half-hour. If you add in the time he was in the restroom, he was probably gone for about 45 minutes,” she posted… She said in the post she has removed both her children from Warwood School, fearing it is not a safe place. Karl’s comment: Shocking, but hopefully the mother will permanently rescue her children.

The number of parents opting to homeschool their children skyrockets in W.Va. 1-27-22
(E) ven though West Virginia stopped keeping official totals several years ago, the state's homeschool numbers before the coronavirus pandemic were about 13,000. The latest census numbers showed a surprise though - an enormous increase. Homeschool families now number in the tens of thousands in the Mountain State…it appears West Virginia is in the mid 40s (thousands) even mid 50s with homeschoolers. Karl’s comment: GLORY TO GOD!

W.Va. high school graduation rates drop slightly in 2021 1-26-22
Graduation rates statewide took a small dip from around 92% in 2020 to 91% in 2021. Karl’s comment: Considering the watered down academic standards, the graduation rates went from bad to worse.

Sissonville students arrive at school with heating system down 1-26-22
Half of the school’s building was without heat,” (student) Myers said. “The rooms when the teachers walked in were 40 degrees.” She said it was so cold during school that she kept her coat on the entire day. “Everyone was sitting in class with their hoods on just kind of just trying to ignore as best as we could,” Myers said. Karl’s comment: Incompetence and/or lack of concern for the well-being of the students.

Prosecutor: Former Pinch Elementary counselor victimized kids at school where he worked 1-24-22
Karl’s comment: this is additional information from the 11-4-21 WV School News entry.

Prosecutors say they plan to introduce more than 100 videos and Snapchat conversations found on Roatsey’s devices. They say he used Snapchat, pretending to be an 18-year-old boy to get images and videos of underage girls for sexual gratification.

They say several of the alleged victims were Pinch Elementary School students and that one video was recorded on the school’s playground.

The government alleges Roatsey had at least eight victims, including two adult women who say Roatsey sexually assaulted them when they were 11 and 13 years old in the early 2000s.

New federal court documents filed Monday said a former Pinch Elementary School counselor charged in a child pornography investigation victimized children at his school and that there could be child victims going back two decades…Roatsey is accused of succeeding in an attempt to “employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce” two underage girls in the depiction or production of sexually explicit content…

Lincoln County Schools to use app to report bullying, drugs, threats, etc. 1-21-22
The school district says the STOPit app can be used to report bullying, harassment, drugs, alcohol, vaping, threats, weapons, suicidal ideations, self-injurious behaviors, vandalism and anything else that students, parents and staff want to report. Karl’s comment: If there was not a serious problem, there would be no need for this app. Interestingly (sadly), the photo at the top of the article is a girl holing a pistol.

West Virginia public school parents sue over private school voucher law 1-20-22
Three parents of children who attend public schools in West Virginia have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s private school voucher law. News outlets report the suit filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court contends the law violates the state Constitution and will siphon money away from public education. The law was enacted last year and creates a publicly funded savings accounts program called the Hope Scholarship that plans to begin accepting applications in March. Plaintiff Travis Beaver said money slated for vouchers “should go to our severely underfunded public schools.” Karl’s comment: (1) BWAHA regarding the “severely underfunded public schools” comment. Just check the pie chart above. (2) The real fear is that the indoctrination centers (a.k.a. public schools) will lose victims. (3) Vouchers are potentially bad for educational freedom.

Wayne County Schools use new approach against vape devices 1-13-22
Children vaping in schools has become a major problem in the Wayne County School District…Wayne County Schools Superintendent Todd Alexander says there have been medical incidents that happened on campus involving these products…Spring Valley, Wayne, and Tolsia High School received vape detecting devices through a partnership with the Prestera Center that can pick up and alert school officials if a vape product is used. Karl’s comment: Vaping is physically unhealthy, but the propaganda all students get is spiritual unhealthy

Man High School placed on temporary lockdown after two pieces of ammunition found 1-13-22
Man High School in Logan County was placed on temporary lockdown Thursday after two pieces of ammunition were found in a bathroom. Karl’s comment: TICK, TICK, TICK.

Shortage of 1,000 teachers in West Virginia 1-12-22
West Virginia is facing a shortage of about 1,000 certified teachers, according to reports received by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE). Karl’s comment: I am a retired public-school teacher with over 30 years of experience (including 3 as a principal). For over ten years I have administered a nationally normed test to Christian homeschooled high school students. Those students are bright, polite, well-adjusted, and articulate.

Lewis County middle school teacher arrested on misdemeanor battery charges 2-12-22
A teacher at Robert L. Bland Middle School has been arrested on misdemeanor battery charges. Karl’s comment: Hmmm.