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Education Alliance hosts summit Tuesday

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The Education Alliance is striving to create excellence in West Virginia's education system by opening up a discussion and making it everyone's business.

The group hosted an all-day summit Nov. 5 at the Charleston Civic Center, featuring a keynote address from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who made education reform one of his top priorities last year.

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin and board member Lloyd Jackson were scheduled to present an update on what West Virginia is doing to help children read proficiently by third grade.

By focusing on literacy from the time of birth and broadening the definition to include comprehension dissection and research, Manchin said proficiency levels will increase.

As another part of the proficiency puzzle are the aspects of accountability and getting back to the bedrock foundation of "all children can learn."

A panel was planned for the afternoon, as a discussion among business leaders, superintendents, lawmakers, county board of education members and teacher organizations, among other stakeholders.

Mary Laura Bragg, national director for policy and implementation for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, took part in the summit, and a town hall meeting was scheduled for the end of the event to provide participants an opportunity to share their opinions and suggestions as well as to ask questions. The meeting was moderated by former Gov. Gaston Caperton.