Publications

NEWSLETTER:
Challenge West Virginia publishes a monthly newsletter devoted to education issues.
A Decade of Consolidation: Where are the $avings?
a Challenge West Virginia document written by Cynthia Reeves, Phd.. 40 pages…January 2004. “West Virginians have bought this lottery ticket hoping to strike it rich….West Virginians, here are the winning numbers for a quality school system delivered at a reasonable price to taxpayers…” To obtain a copy of the publication, contact Thomas Ramey.
Whatever Happened to Pauley vs. Bailey, The Story of the Politics of Education in West Virginia: (coming soon)
Challenge West Virginia’s 100-page study examines recent education history in West Virginia, where conditions in public schools resulted in a court decision ordering the restructuring of school finance so that all the state’s children could receive the same educational opportunities. This study explores the intersection of political interests with state education and tax policy and the resulting inability of the state to truly reform public schools. To order a copy, please send a check or money order for $20 (which includes postage and handling) to Challenge WV, P.O. Box 146, Harts, WV 25524.
The Long and Winding Road, Consolidation – The Separation of School and Community,
by Jim Lewis. 20 pages…September 2003. To order book, please send a check or money order for $10 to Challenge WV, P.O. Box 146, Harts, WV 25524. “The folks who realy know about West Virginia country roads are the school children whio travel those roads on their way to and from school…”
If This is Democracy, Then I Missed the Bus
The story of small schools advocates who were blocked from participating in facilities planning in West Virginia…May 2002.
Building Schools in West Virginia with Good Intentions and Questionable Results: (coming soon)
A report done for Challenge WV by Concordia, Inc. an architectural and planning firm that believes in citizen planning. The report is critical of the school facilities planning process conducted in West Virginia…February 2002
Small Schools
Based on a West Virginia study that shows low-income kids do better in small schools…October 2000. Small Schools – why they provide the best education for low-income children…based on the research of Dr. Craig Howley and Dr. Robert Bickel. “Dr. Craig Howley of Ohio University and the Appalachian Educational Laboratory cares deeply aboout the education of children – especially low-income children, the kids who often are left out when education policy decisions are made.”
Long School Bus Rides: Stealing the Joy of Childhood
A report on school bus transportation times in West Virginia…March 2000. “Every school day hundreds of West Virginia children ride school buses much longer than state guidelines say they should. Under those guidelines, no elmentary stdent is suppoded to be on a bus more than 30 minutes one way; middle school student 45 minutes and high school students one hour.”