(By Senators Plymale, Wells, Browning, Edgell, Foster, Green, Laird, Stollings, Unger, White, Barnes, Boley and Guills)

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the issue of improving student achievement in public education.

Whereas, the more recent history of federal education policy has consistently been one of noble intentions and lack of follow through; and
Whereas, Research has shown that federally-mandated standards have been inconsistent, meaningless, and driven to the lowest common denominator by a punishment-oriented system; and
Whereas, According to current federal law and the process requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, public schools are expected to produce positive results while the effects of other social policies on the lives of poor children are reduced or ignored; and
Whereas, The No Child Left Behind Act remains the dominant federal education policy and a new administration is again emphasizing process over results, ignoring the current problems inherent in federal policy, and neglecting to account for the diversity of student starting points and the level of resources available among the states; and
Whereas, Studies show that unique combinations of reform elements can positively address the achievement needs of poor, minority, and disadvantaged children; and
Whereas, Successful comprehensive state reform efforts have used a mix of reform elements that best fit the individual state's needs; and
Whereas, Federal lawmakers should not decide which reform elements should be applied to individual states; therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study actions to improve student achievement in public education in and for the state; and be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2011, on its findings, conclusions and recommendation, 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 to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint committee on Government and Finance.