Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Feb. 17, 2013 4:58 PM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A network of West Virginia educational offices with a rocky history may play a major role in the ongoing push to improve public schools.
The Legislature created the Regional Education Service Agencies, or RESAs, in 1972. The eight offices were assigned to help the counties in their districts apply for grants and pool their purchasing power.
Their duties have also included training staff and keeping computers running.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is looking to the RESAs as he responds to an audit that found West Virginia's public schools stymied by state-level bureaucracy. The state Board of Education had previously endorsed the agencies as key for reforms.
But some in the education debate consider RESAs part of the problem. The new emphasis also follows previous attempts to abolish the agencies.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
W.Va. mine safety lab creates disasters to train June 19, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Alpha Natural Resources is unveiling a $23 million training complex for coal miners that combines the world's best technology in a single West Virginia complex — and may save lives.
Woman convicted of Pitino extortion in new prison June 19, 2013 4:02 AM EDT The Kentucky woman convicted of trying to extort millions in cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new federal home.