Lawmakers look at education

Wednesday, Feb. 13, marked the first day of session here at the Charleston Capitol and also the Governor’s State of the State Address. I was given the great honor of introducing and escorting the Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin into the House Chamber.

During his speech, Tomblin addressed some concerns that mirror my own; education being one of them. I am an active member of the House Education Committee while also serving in the special committee to review the Education Audit.

We are trying to improve the education system for the children of West Virginia. Our system should be geared toward the student’s needs and their goals should be more thoroughly evaluated so that they can be better prepared for graduating and continuing their education elsewhere.

I am very impressed with the work that our teachers and administrative staff in our schools have shown throughout the years. I have met with several teachers and discussed concerns regarding the education system and the Education Audit.

The first session of the 81st Legislature started out with having the first day granted as Unity Day For Nurses, and I had the pleasure of meeting some nurses from Davis & Elkins College.

There were more than 500 participants, both nurses and nursing students, at the Capitol.

Statistics presented by the West Virginia Nurses Association show that 1 in every 43 West Virginians are nurses.

Being a nurse myself, I could not have been more proud of the representation that was shown by our hard-working and kind-hearted nurses. They reflected many of the characteristics that I see in the citizens of West Virginia.

Their contribution to the health of our citizens will always be appreciated. As a nurse, I will be pushing the issue of health care quite strongly; another issue addressed by our governor.

Following Nurse’s Unity Day was Corrections Day at the Capitol. Representatives of Huttonsville Correctional Center and Denmar Correctional Center were present. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, was recognized as Veteran’s Visibility Day. It gave a chance to both active and retired military persons to address their concerns to our delegates and senators.

If you should have any questions or comments regarding any issues or on any other pieces of legislation when they come before the Legislature, feel free to contact me here at my Charleston office. My address is: Delegate Denise Campbell, Building 1, Room 208E, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. To call me, call 304-340-3145 or call toll free at 1-877-565-3447 and ask to be transferred. I encourage all my constituents to remain active and become part of the legislative process.