When I became Senate president three years ago, one of my highest priorities was changing the trajectory of our state’s K-12 education system.

My colleagues and I have big dreams for West Virginia: a stronger economy, more and better jobs, healthier citizens and communities.

But if we can’t give our students a solid education, all the other things we’re doing as legislators to make the Mountain State a better place to live and work will be in vain.

Education is our state government’s biggest financial commitment and its greatest moral responsibility. For too long, we haven’t been living up to that responsibility.

Despite per-pupil spending that ranks in the top half of U.S. states, our student performance has lagged near the

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