Hager 7871


    Senator Plymale moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

    Eng. Com. Sub. For Senate Bill No. 359--A BILL to repeal §18-2-23a and §18-2-32 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to repeal §18-2E-5c of said code; to repeal §18-2I-6 and §18-2I-7 of said code; to repeal §18A-3A-2a and §18A-3A-6 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-1-4 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-2-24 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-39; to amend and reenact §18-2E-5 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-2I-1, §18-2I-2, §18-2I-3, §18-2I-4 and §18-2I-5 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-3-1 and §18-3-12 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-3-9b; to amend and reenact §18-5-18, §18-5-44 and §18-5-45 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-5A-5 of said code; to amend and reenact §18A-2-1 and §18A-2-7 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18A-3-1d; to amend and reenact §18A-3A-1, §18A-3A-2 and §18A-3A-3 of said code; to amend and reenact §18A-4-2a, §18A-4-7a, §18A-4-8, §18A-4-8a and §18A-4-14 of said code; to amend and reenact §18A-5-2 of said code; to amend and reenact §18C-1-2 of said code; to amend and reenact §18C-4-1, §18C-4-2, §18C-4-3 and §18C-4-4 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto three new sections, designated §18C-4A-1, §18C-4A-2 and §18C-4A-3, all relating to transforming and improving public education; removing outdated language; requiring the State Board of Education, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education to collaborate in formally adopting uniform and specific college- and career-readiness standards for English/language arts and math; providing methods for determining whether students have met the college- and career-readiness standards; requiring that an explicit focus be embedded in each course on the development of English/language arts and math skills; requiring a twelfth-grade transitional course for both English/language arts and math for students not on track to be college ready; requiring professional development on teaching the college- and career-readiness standards to be included in the State Board’s Master Plan for Professional Staff Development; requiring the state board to require all teacher preparation programs to include appropriate training for teaching adopted standards in at least grades eight through twelve; requiring the use of certain assessments, exams or tests for determining whether a student is to enroll in a remedial course; requiring accountability for increasing the percentage of students who meet the standards and for increasing the percentage of students who are making adequate progress toward meeting the standards; removing requirement applicable to annual county and school strategic improvement plans; modifying requirements for high-quality education standards for student, school and school system performance and processes; modifying requirements pertaining to a comprehensive statewide student assessment program; removing provisions relating to No Child Left Behind annual measures; modifying provisions pertaining to the state annual performance measures for school and school system accreditation; removing provisions pertaining to requiring the standards to include indicators of exemplary student, school and school system performance and progress; eliminating the Process for Improving Education Council; modifying component of system of education performance audits; expanding state board authority pertaining to the Office of Education Performance Audit’s reporting formats; eliminating condition for on-site review; removing prohibition of certain duplicate reviews or inspections; removing provisions pertaining to persons who are to conduct an on-site review; removing list of areas for which the office may not review; modifying provisions pertaining to school accreditation; removing provision allowing a student to transfer from a low-performing school under certain conditions; professional development; establishing clear state-level leadership of professional development; providing findings on the importance of professional development; requiring State Board of Education to develop a master plan for professional development; requiring submission of plan to certain entities; requiring goals to be established and included in the master plan; requiring state board rules; setting forth minimum components of the rule; requiring annual report on the statewide professional development plan; modifying language pertaining to the Strategic Staff Development Fund; modifying State Superintendent of Schools qualifications and removing his or her salary limit; requiring state superintendent to reduce the amount budgeted for personal services, related employee benefits and contractual expenditures related to employment in fiscal years 2014 and 2015; increasing the number of schools to be included in a special community development pilot program; modifying other provisions pertaining to the pilot program; requiring kindergarten and early childhood aides to transition to one of three new assistant teacher positions beginning July 1, 2014; exempting those eligible for retirement before July 1, 2020; requiring early childhood education programs to be made available five days a week for the full day; allowing program to be for fewer than five days per week and less than full day under certain circumstances; allowing parent to withdraw child for good cause; providing for local control of the school calendar; defining terms and establishing findings about the school calendar; requiring a 200-day employment term; limiting beginning and closing dates to forty-eight weeks; requiring one hundred eighty separate days of actual instruction are to be provided for students; requiring twenty noninstructional days; requiring school term to include out-of-calendar days that are to be used for instructional days in the event school is canceled; requiring county policy for adding minutes or days to school calendar for certain purpose; limiting noninstructional interruptions to instructional day; requiring state board or state superintendent approval of proposed county calendar; requiring public meetings for discussions of a school system’s calendar; allowing the state board to grant a waiver to certain code sections that prevent a school system from meeting one hundred eighty instructional days; requiring state board rule to implement the calendar section provisions; modifying provisions pertaining to a process for a faculty senate to submit recommendations regarding employment to the principal; requiring state board to promulgate rule to implement the provisions relating to the process; removing language about faculty senates on instructional support and enhancement days; requiring the local board to provide at least four additional two-hour blocks of time during noninstructional days, with each block scheduled once at least every forty-five instructional days; prohibiting principals from recommending for employment certain individuals that are related to him or her; allowing reassignment of teachers when a vacancy was not foreseen before March 1 based on pupil-teacher ratio; requiring state board to conduct a study on alternative certification programs; providing for salary bonus for classroom teachers with a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards renewal certificate; providing for reimbursement of the renewal certification fee; removing language that limits the number of board-certified teachers who can receive reimbursement per year; modifying process for filling vacancies in professional positions of employment including the criteria to be considered; allowing a county board to determine the appropriate weight to apply to each criterion except when one or more permanently employed instructional personnel apply for a classroom teaching position and meet the standards set forth in the job posting; providing that for a classroom teaching position if the recommendation of the principal and resulting from the faculty senate process are the same and the superintendent concurs, the county board is required to appoint the applicant; requiring state board rule to implement and interpret certain employment provisions; allowing released employees to be hired for certain vacancies prior to the job being posted; allowing for multiple postings within a thirty-day period under certain conditions; allowing reassignment of a teacher within his or her school upon consent of teacher and county board; creating three new types of early childhood classroom assistant teacher positions; assigning a pay grade to the new positions; modifying provisions pertaining to the length of planning periods; requiring state board study on planning periods; clarifying that not all holidays will be counted as a day of the employment term and that pay per pay period cannot change as a result; providing that snow days are not counted as days of employment or days of instruction; providing definitions; scholarships and loan assistance for teachers in critical need areas; creating loan assistance program; determining subject and geographic areas of critical need; requiring legislative rules for program administration; revising eligibility criteria and specifying effective date; determining eligibility and awarding loan assistance; establishing criteria for inclusion in scholarship and loan assistance agreements; requiring payments to be made directly to a lending entity; requiring model contract agreements; specifying loan amount, limits and duration of loan assistance; requiring repayment under certain conditions; specifying excusal from repayment under certain conditions; and making technical corrections and deleting obsolete language.