Introduced Version House Bill 2525 History

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H. B. 2525

(By Delegates Campbell, Williams, Perry and Beach)
February 21, 2005 ; referred to the
Committee on Education.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §18-2-13 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to removing the requirement to contract for independent evaluation and report to Legislative Oversight Commission every two years on character education program in public schools.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-2-13 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

§18-2-13. Character education integration.
(a) The State Board shall establish a comprehensive approach to integrate character education into all aspects of school culture, school functions and existing curriculum.
(b) The State Board shall require all public schools that operate from preschool to grade twelve to develop and integrate components of character development into their existing curriculum. The schools may incorporate such programs as "life skills," "responsible students," or any other program encompassing any of the following components:
(1) Honesty;
(2) Caring;
(3) Citizenship;
(4) Justice;
(5) Fairness;
(6) Respect;
(7) Responsibility;
(8) Voting;
(9) Academic achievement;
(10) Completing homework assignments;
(11) Improving daily attendance;
(12) Avoiding and resolving conflicts;
(13) Alternatives to violence;
(14) Contributing to an orderly positive school environment;
(15) Participating in class;
(16) Resisting social peer pressures to smoke, drink and use drugs;
(17) Developing greater self-esteem and self-confidence;
(18) Effectively coping with social anxiety;
(19) Increasing knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse;
(20) Increasing knowledge of the consequences of one's actions;
(21) The corrupting influence and chance nature of gambling; and
(22) The value of decent, honest work.
(c) Character education shall be integrated into each public school curriculum by the first day of September, two thousand one.
(d) The State Board shall assist county boards in developing in-service training regarding integrated character education as provided in this section.
(e) The state board shall contract with an independent agency to evaluate the results of the character education as defined in this section, and report the results to the legislative oversight commission on education accountability during the September, two thousand three interim meeting period, and every two years thereafter.
(f) (e) The State Department of Education is encouraged to utilize any existing moneys available to the Department for existing character development programs, along with any new funds appropriated for the purposes of this section, to secure the maximum amount of any federal funding available for which the State Department is eligible to receive for implementing character development in the schools.
(g) (f) Funding for this initiative shall be derived from the 0313 unclassified account within the State Department of Education Budget.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the requirement that the State Board of Education contract for independent evaluation of character education program in public schools every two years and report the results to Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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