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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee House Concurrent Resolution 134 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 134

(By Delegates M. Poling, Perry, Moye, Pasdon, Pethtel, Barill, Walker, Fragale, Cooper, Tomblin, Ambler, Lawrence, Rowan, Young, Butler, D. Evans, Williams, Sumner, Campbell, Hamrick and Espinosa)

 

 

 

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(March 7, 2014)

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on Regional Education Service Agencies.

    Whereas, The Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System addressed the importance of RESA’s as an intermediate education agency for service delivery in a number of areas and for increasing efficiency among the school districts and took an in-depth look into the operations of RESA 7; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia School Board Association conducted regional meetings and issued a report of the findings and recommendations of those meetings on regional services and inter-county cooperation on service delivery; and

    Whereas, Issues have been raised about the role and responsibility of RESA’s in a number of areas including, but not limited to:

    (1) The appropriate role of the RESA’s in the employment of personnel to assist in service delivery in its member school systems;

    (2) The appropriate role of RESA’s as an extension of the Department of Education for delivering state-level services and as a service agency responsible to the member school systems for the services requested by them;

    (3) The method and adequacy of funding for RESA’s to support basic operations, service delivery and shared services;

    (4) The appropriate process for determining RESA responsibility for service delivery and the service areas appropriate for RESA-level service delivery; and

    (5) The status of RESA employees for the purposes of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on Regional Education Service Agencies that at a minimum includes the studies and issues raised with respect to RESA’s as identified in this resolution; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is requested to report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and draft necessary legislation are requested to be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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