KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Four West Virginia House delegates took a break from the chamber Thursday afternoon, to pay a visit to a local elementary school.
Democratic Delegates Mike Pushkin and Andrew Robinson, along with Republicans Moore Capito and John Mandt paid a visit to Kanawha City Administration in Charleston to talk with students and staff.
“It allows us to meet the children, meet the teachers, meet the administrators because it’s tremendously important that we get input from those people who are actually on the ground doing it every day,” said Delegate Moore Capito.
“If we are serious about education reform, we should be talking to our public school teachers getting the best ideas from the people who are actually doing it,” said Mike Pushkin.
Thursday’s meeting was in response to a challenge by Kanawha County Board of Education Member Tracy White.
“Right now, everyone’s focus is on that infamous bill,” said White. “But today wasn’t necessarily about that bill but instead about showing these lawmakers what a day in the life of a teacher is really like.”
“It let them see what the teachers are facing day to day in public schools,” said Kanawha City Elementary principal Cathi Bradley. “It shows how we are working day to day to the best of our ability with the resources we have to find success for our kids.”