With ever increasing school budgets looming in the
future just to provide counties throughout
West Virginia enough money to provide students
with safe, modern schools while trying keep classroom size to a minimum,
the West Virginia Department of Education is thinking about adopting a
radical new plan, the elimination of all county schools and cutting the
staff of county school systems to a bare-bones minimum.
“Schools have been around forever,” said a
spokesman, “and it is going to be hard to change people’s minds about
our proposal, but we believe it will work. It will save large amounts of
money while also cutting back on the all of the sickness that children
suffer from being enclosed in a classroom with other children who may be
What is being proposed is that all schools be
closed and the property, along with all buses, sold and that every
school-aged child in the state be provided a laptop computer where they
will attend school, every day, online.
“This means, of course, that we have to get
broadband internet service into every corner of every county. That is
already happening, in accordance with federal communication mandates,
and we are accomplishing this with federal monies.
“Since we will be buying thousands of laptops, we
are already getting proposals from computer manufacturers for large
discounts. Getting the contract to provide our state with laptops could
mean future fortunes and many jobs if a manufacturer can use our success
to increase their chance for a contract with a larger state,” said the
Each county will hire enough teachers to provide
lesson plans for all students and students will be required to log-in
each weekday to attend “school.” Students will also be able to attend
school at whatever grade level they can complete, so this year’s
sophomore could, conceivably, graduate next year if they meet the
“This could also apply to colleges and
universities,” said a spokesman, “The biggest savings, all around, will
be in the elimination of administrative staff. They make the highest
salaries and consume much of any county’s, or college’s, budget,” said a
So far, the most opposition has come from the
teachers union, food and textbook suppliers and the trades unions that
build new schools.
One positive aspect being discussed is the creation
of many new jobs in the computer support field. Other positive aspects
are; no fleet of buses required so no rising fuel costs. No days missed
due to bad weather, children can attend school from anywhere even on
vacation. Sports will be enjoyed by children of all ages, sizes and
abilities since they will be through games such as Madden Football and
Tiger Woods Golf as well as many others.
If adopted, the new education plan, called Learning
On Laptops (LOL) will begin this fall.