HB2711 S ED AM #1
The Committee on Education moved to amend the bill on page nine, after the article heading, by inserting the following:
§18-2E-1a. Standards, Assessment assessment and accountability programs; duties of the state board.
In order to further the purpose of this article, on
or before the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, Prior
to adoption or revision of academic standards in mathematics, English language
arts, science and social studies, the state board shall develop and
recommend to the constructively engage with the legislative
oversight commission on education accountability as outlined in subsection
(b). Prior to adoption of a new statewide summative assessment, the state board
shall constructively engage with the legislative oversight commission on
education accountability on the an assessment program it intends
to adopt to measure the progress of public school students in attaining a
high quality education. In addition, to further the purposes of this
article, on or before the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-nine, the Prior to the full implementation of a new
accountability system, state board shall develop and recommend to the
legislative oversight commission on education accountability an accountability
program to help ensure a thorough and efficient system of schools. In
developing the standards, assessment program and the accountability
program, the state board shall take into consideration recommendations arising
from any legislative interim study undertaken at the direction of the joint
committee on government and finance and also shall take into consideration any
recommendations made by the legislative oversight commission on education
(b) As part of their on-going responsibility for developing
and implementing a program of standards, assessments and a program of
accountability, the state board
shall perform the following functions:
(1) Is prohibited from implementing the Common Core academic standards;
(2) Shall allow West Virginia educators the opportunity to participate in the development of the academic standards;
(3) Shall provide by rule for a cyclical review, by West Virginia educators, of any academic standards that are proposed by the state board;
(2) Review (4) Shall review assessment
tools, including tests of student performance and measures of school and school
system performance, and determine when any improvements or additions are
necessary; (3) Consider (5) Shall consider multiple
assessments, including, but not limited to, a state testing program developed
in conjunction with the state's professional educators with assistance from
such knowledgeable consultants as may be necessary, which may include criterion
(6) Is prohibited from adopting the Smarter Balanced Assessment system or the PARCC assessment system as the statewide summative assessment;
(4) Review (7) Shall review all
accountability measures, such as the accreditation and personnel evaluation
systems and consider any improvements or additions deemed necessary; and (5) Ensure (8) Shall ensure that
all statewide assessments of student performance are secure.
(c) The state board shall not adopt any national or regional testing program tied to federal funding, or national or regional academic standards tied to federal funding, without oversight by the legislative oversight commission on education accountability.
On page nine, section five, line nineteen, after the word “Legislature” by inserting the words “as provided in section one, article two-h of this chapter”;
On page eleven, section five, line sixty-nine, by striking out the word “Curriculum” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “Academic standards”;
On page thirteen, section five, line one hundred one, by striking out the word “nine” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “eight”;
On page thirteen, section five, line one hundred one, by striking out the word “ten” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “nine”;
On page thirteen, section five, lines one hundred five through one hundred nine, by striking out all of subdivision (3) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subdivision (3), to read as follows:
(3) In accordance with articles two and two-e, chapter eighteen of this code, the state board shall review or develop, and adopt a college and career readiness assessment to be administered in grade eleven: Provided, That the adopted college and career readiness assessment administered in grade eleven counts toward the statewide student assessment and must be used by a significant number of regionally accredited higher education institutions for determining college admissions.;
On page thirteen, section five, line one hundred twenty-two, by striking out the word “and”;
On page fourteen, section five, line one hundred twenty-five, by changing the period to a semicolon and adding the word “and”;
On page fourteen, section five, after line one hundred twenty-five, by inserting four new subdivisions, designated subdivisions (7), (8), (9) and (10), to read as follows:
(7) The comprehensive statewide student assessment adopted prior to the testing window of the 2017-2018 school year shall continue to be used for at least a total of four consecutive years;
(8) No summative assessment approved by the state board may take more than two percent of a student’s instructional time;
(9) No student may be required to complete a greater number of summative assessments than is required by the Every Student Succeeds Act except as otherwise required by this subsection; and
(10) Collection of personal data as part of the assessment process except for what is necessary for the student’s instruction, academic and college and career search needs is prohibited.;
On page twenty-nine, section five, line five hundred eight, by striking out the words “Providing or recommending to” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “Recommending”;
On page twenty-nine, section five, line five hundred thirteen by striking out the words “Allocating funds” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “Directing educational expertise and support services”;
On pages forty through forty-six, by striking out all of section thirteen-c and inserting in lieu thereof a new section thirteen-c, to read as follows:
§18‑5‑13c. Educational services cooperatives; purpose; establishment; governance; authorized functions and services.
(a) Pursuant to subsection (q), section thirteen of this article, a county board is authorized to enter into a cooperative agreement with one or more other county boards to establish educational services cooperatives which shall serve as regional units to provide for high quality, cost effective lifelong education programs and services to students, schools, school systems, and communities in accordance with this section. Each educational services cooperative may serve as a regional public multi-service agency to develop, manage, and provide such services or programs as determined by its governing council and as provided in this section or otherwise provided in this code. All references in this code to regional education service agencies or RESA’s mean an educational services cooperative as authorized under this section.
(b) The regional education service agencies previously established by section twenty-six, article two of this chapter and W. Va. 126CSR72, filed October 15, 2015, and effective November 16, 2015, shall remain and may continue to operate in accordance with said section and rule unless and until modified by a cooperative agreement entered into by county boards within the boundaries of the agency or dissolved by said county boards: Provided, That on July 1, 2018, the regional education service agencies as provided under prior provisions of section twenty-six, article two of this chapter are dissolved. If a regional education service agency is reconfigured pursuant to a cooperative agreement or is dissolved, all property, equipment and records held by the regional education service agency necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section shall be transferred or liquidated and disbursed in accordance with the following priority order: (1) To any successor educational services cooperative substantially covering the same geographical area; (2) To the county boards who were members of the regional education service agency as agreed upon by those counties; or (3) To the state board or to other appropriate entities as provided by law.
(c) An educational services cooperative shall be under the direction and control of a governing council consisting of the following members:
(1) The county superintendent of each county participating in the cooperative agreement;
(2) A member of the board of education from each county participating in the cooperative agreement selected by the county board of education as provided in the bylaws of the governing council of the educational services cooperative; and
(3) The following representatives, if any, to be selected by the educational services cooperative administrator with the consent of the governing council:
(A) Representatives of institutions of higher education and community and technical colleges serving the geographical area covered by the educational services cooperative;
(B) One non-superintendent chief instructional leader employed by a member county;
(C) One school principal employed by a member county;
(D) One teacher employed by a member county; and
(E) Additional members representing business and industry, or other appropriate entities, as the governing council determines fit to meet its responsibilities.
(d) The governing council of an educational services cooperative:
(1) Shall adopt bylaws concerning the appointment and terms of its members, including the authorization of designees by its members, the selection of officers and their terms, the filling of vacancies, the appointment of task forces and study groups, the evaluation of the executive director and staff and any other provisions necessary for the operation of the educational services cooperative. A quorum for governing council meetings shall be a simple majority of the number of members of each governing council;
(2) Shall appoint an individual to serve as the educational services cooperative administrator who shall serve at the will and pleasure of the governing council and shall implement the policies of the governing council.
(3) May employ regular full-time and part-time staff, as necessary, after a majority of the members of a governing council, by vote, verify that such employment is necessary for effective provision of services and to perform services or other projects that may require staff and support services for effective implementation. Staff who are hired into a position that requires a specified certification must maintain the certification for the duration of employment. The governing council is the sole employer of the educational services cooperative’s personnel it employs and shall be responsible for any benefit and liability programs necessitated by such employment. Employees of the educational services cooperative are considered state employees for the purposes of participation in the state’s public employees’ insurance and retirement programs. A recipient of personnel services from the educational services cooperative is not deemed an employer because of the exercise of supervision or control over any personnel services provided;
(4) May purchase, hold, encumber and dispose of real property, in the name of the educational services cooperative, for use as its office or for any educational service provided by the educational services cooperative if a resolution to do so is adopted by a two−thirds vote of the members of the governing council and then approved by three−fourths of the county boards in the educational services cooperative by majority vote of each county board;
(5) Shall operate as Local Educational Agencies (LEA’s) for financial purposes, including grants and cooperative purchasing, and collectively as essential agencies responsible for performing service functions to the total community. An educational services cooperative is eligible as an LEA to participate in partnership with or on behalf of any county school system or school in those programs that will accomplish implementation of the strategic plan and/or state education initiative of the system or school, or to further statutory priorities consistent with educational services cooperative operations;
(6) May receive, expend and disburse funds from the state and federal governments, from member counties, or from gifts and grants and may contract with county boards of education, the West Virginia Department of Education, institutions of higher education, persons, companies, or other agencies to implement programs and services at the direction of the council. The state board, department of education, or any member county board may request implementation of programs and services by the educational services cooperative. An educational services cooperative may also receive funds from profit-generating enterprises, the funds of which will contribute to the educational services cooperative initiatives. Each educational services cooperative is encouraged to partner with member school systems, particularly those designated as low-performing, and other organizations as appropriate to attract and leverage resources available from federal programs to maximize its capacity for meeting the needs of member schools and school systems. Educational services cooperatives are recognized as eligible LEA’s for the purposes of applying, on behalf of school systems, for grant funds consistent with performing regional services and functions and/or supportive of education initiatives of the educational services cooperative;
(7) Upon the request of one or more county boards of education, or by the state board as permitted or contracted, and if directed by law, an educational services cooperative may assume responsibility for one or more functions otherwise performed by one or more county boards of education;
(8) May offer technical assistance, including targeted comprehensive staff development services, or other technical assistance to any member school or school system, and give priority to those schools and school systems that are found to be out of compliance with a state law or federal law;
(9) May serve as repositories of research-based teaching and learning practices, and shall use technology, particularly web-based technology, to ensure maximum access to such practices by public schools in the region and state; and
(10) Shall develop and/or implement any other programs or services as directed by law or the governing council, or requested by individual member counties or groups of member counties subject to available funds. The Legislature expects that the assistance and programs developed and/or implemented by the educational services cooperatives may differ among the schools, counties and educational services cooperatives.
(d) The administrator of each educational services cooperative shall submit annually a plan to the governing council that identifies the programs and services which are suggested for implementation by the educational services cooperative during the following year. The plan shall contain components of long-range planning determined by the governing council. These programs and services may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
(1) Administrative services;
(2) Curriculum development;
(3) Data processing;
(4) Distance learning and other telecommunication services;
(5) Evaluation and research;
(6) Staff development;
(7) Media and technology centers;
(8) Publication and dissemination of materials;
(9) Pupil personnel services;
(11) Secondary, postsecondary, community, adult, and adult vocational education;
(12) Teaching and learning services, including services for students with special talents and special needs;
(13) Employee personnel and employment services;
(14) Vocational rehabilitation;
(15) Health, diagnostic, and child development services and centers;
(16) Leadership or direction in early childhood and family education;
(17) Community services;
(18) Fiscal services and risk management programs;
(19) Legal services;
(20) Technology planning, training, and support services;
(21) Health and safety services;
(22) Student academic challenges;
(23) Cooperative purchasing services; and
(24) Other programs and services as may be provided pursuant to other provisions of this Code.
(e) The educational services cooperative administrator, with advice and assistance of the governing council, may select as its fiscal agent one of the county boards of education comprising the educational services cooperative. The county board so selected may maintain a separate bank account or accounts for the receipt and disbursement of all educational services cooperative funds and perform the accounting functions specified in the policies adopted by the state board. A county board of education serving as a fiscal agent may not initiate action, direct the programs or substitute its judgment for that of the educational services cooperative administrator as advised by the governing council. The county board of education may reject an action of the educational services cooperative administrator if sufficient funds are not available, or if it perceives a legal conflict. The educational services cooperative administrator shall make arrangements for an annual audit to be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the OMB Uniform Guidance4 (2 C.F.R. 200) and the cost of the audit shall be incurred by the educational services cooperative. Prior to making those arrangements, the educational services cooperative administrator must coordinate with the respective fiscal agent to ensure the audit addresses all applicable issues.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, employees of educational services cooperatives shall be reimbursed for travel, meals and lodging at the same rate as state employees under the travel management office of the Department of Administration.
(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, county board members serving on governing councils of educational services cooperatives may receive compensation at a rate not to exceed $100 per meeting attended, not to exceed fifteen meetings per year. County board members serving on governing councils may be reimbursed for travel at the same rate as state employees under the rules of the travel management office of the Department of Administration. A county board member may not be an employee of an educational services cooperative.;
On pages forty-six through fifty-one, by striking out all of section forty-five and inserting in lieu thereof a new section forty-five, to read as follows:
§18-5-45. School calendar.
(a) As used in this section:
(1) “Instructional day” means a day within the instructional term which meets the following criteria:
(A) Instruction is offered to students for at least the minimum amount of hours provided by a state board rule;
(B) Instructional time is used for instruction and cocurricular activities; and
(C) Other criteria as the state board determines appropriate.
(2) Cocurricular activities are activities that are closely related to identifiable academic programs or areas of study that serve to complement academic curricula as further defined by the state board.
(b) Findings. —
(1) The primary purpose of the school system is to provide instruction for students.
(2) The school calendar, as defined in this section, is designed to define the school term both for employees and for instruction.
(3) The school calendar
shall provide for one hundred eighty
separate instructional days.
(c) The county board shall provide a school term for its schools that contains the following:
(1) An employment term that excludes Saturdays and Sundays and consists of at least two hundred days, which need not be successive. The beginning and closing dates of the employment term may not exceed forty-eight weeks;
(2) Within the employment
term, an instructional term for students of no less than one hundred eighty
instructional days, which includes an inclement weather and emergencies plan
designed to guarantee an instructional term for students of no less than one
hundred eighty separate instructional days;
(3) Within the employment term, noninstructional days shall total twenty and shall be comprised of the following:
(A) Seven paid holidays;
(B) Election day as specified in section two, article five, chapter eighteen-a of this code;
(C) Six days to be
designated by the county board to be used by the employees outside the school
environment, with at least four outside the school environment days scheduled
to occur after the one hundred thirtieth instructional day of the school
(D) One day to be designated by the county board to be used by the employees for preparation for opening school and one day to be designated by the county board to be used by the employees for preparation for closing school: Provided, That the school preparation days may be used for the purposes set forth in paragraph (E) of this subdivision at the teacher’s discretion; and
(D) (E) The remaining days to be designated by the
county board for purposes to include, but not be limited to:
(i) Curriculum development;
(ii) Preparation for
opening and closing school; (iii) (ii) Professional development; (iv) (iii) Teacher-pupil-parent conferences; (v) (iv) Professional meetings; (vi) (v) Making up days when instruction was
scheduled but not conducted; and (vii) (vi) At least four six two-hour
blocks of time for faculty senate meetings with each a at least one two-hour block of time
scheduled in the first month of the employment term, at least one two-hour
block of time scheduled in the last month of the employment term and once
at least every forty-five instructional days at least one two-hour block
of time scheduled in each of the months of October, December, February and
(4) Scheduled out-of-calendar days that are to be used for instructional days in the event school is canceled for any reason.
(d) A county board of education shall develop a policy that requires additional minutes of instruction in the school day or additional days of instruction to recover time lost due to late arrivals and early dismissals first. Any remaining minutes accrued may be used for instructional minutes or days lost due to inclement weather or emergencies.
(e) If it is not possible
to complete one hundred eighty
separate instructional days with the
current school calendar, the county board shall schedule instruction on any available
noninstructional day, regardless of the purpose for which the day originally
was scheduled, or an out-of-calendar day and the day will be used for
instruction of students: Provided, That the provisions of this
subsection do not apply to:
(B) Election day;
(C) Saturdays and Sundays.
(f) The instructional term shall commence and terminate on a date selected by the county board.
(g) The state board may not schedule the primary statewide assessment program more than thirty days prior to the end of the instructional year unless the state board determines that the nature of the test mandates an earlier testing date.
(h) The following applies to cocurricular activities:
(1) The state board shall determine what activities may be considered cocurricular;
(2) The state board shall determine the amount of instructional time that may be consumed by cocurricular activities; and
(3) Other requirements or restrictions the state board may provide in the rule required to be promulgated by this section.
(i) Extracurricular activities may not be used for instructional time.
(j) Noninstructional interruptions to the instructional day shall be minimized to allow the classroom teacher to teach.
(k) Prior to implementing the school calendar, the county board shall secure approval of its proposed calendar from the state board or, if so designated by the state board, from the state superintendent.
(l) In formulation of a school’s calendar, a county school board shall hold at least two public meetings that allow parents, teachers, teacher organizations, businesses and other interested parties within the county to discuss the school calendar. The public notice of the date, time and place of the public hearing must be published in a local newspaper of general circulation in the area as a Class II legal advertisement, in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code.
(m) The county board may contract with all or part of the personnel for a longer term of employment.
(n) The minimum instructional term may be decreased by order of the state superintendent in any county declared a federal disaster area and where the event causing the declaration is substantially related to a reduction of instructional days.
(o) Notwithstanding any
provision of this code to the contrary, the state board may grant a waiver to a
county board for its noncompliance with provisions of chapter eighteen,
eighteen-a, eighteen-b and eighteen-c of this code to maintain compliance in
reaching the mandatory one hundred eighty
separate instructional days
established in this section.
(p) The use of reimagining student instructional days to achieve the one hundred eighty instructional day requirement is strongly encouraged in order to minimize scheduling instructional days too early or late in the school year.
(p) (q) The state board shall promulgate a rule in accordance with the provisions of article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this section.
(q) The amendments to this section during the 2013 regular session of the Legislature shall be effective for school years beginning on or after July 1, 2014, and the provisions of this section existing immediately prior to the 2013 regular session of the Legislature remain in effect for school years beginning prior to July 1, 2014.;
On page fifty-one, after line one hundred twenty-four, by inserting the following:
ARTICLE 5A. LOCAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT.
§18‑5A‑5. Public school faculty senates established; election of officers; powers and duties.
(a) There is established at every public school in this state a faculty senate which is comprised of all permanent, full‑time professional educators employed at the school who shall all be voting members. “Professional educators”, as used in this section, means “professional educators” as defined in chapter eighteen‑a of this code. A quorum of more than one half of the voting members of the faculty shall be present at any meeting of the faculty senate at which official business is conducted. Prior to the beginning of the instructional term each year, but within the employment term, the principal shall convene a meeting of the faculty senate to elect a chair, vice chair and secretary and discuss matters relevant to the beginning of the school year. The vice chair shall preside at meetings when the chair is absent. Meetings of the faculty senate shall be held during the times provided in accordance with subdivision (12), subsection (b) of this section as determined by the faculty senate. Emergency meetings may be held during noninstructional time at the call of the chair or a majority of the voting members by petition submitted to the chair and vice chair. An agenda of matters to be considered at a scheduled meeting of the faculty senate shall be available to the members at least two employment days prior to the meeting. For emergency meetings the agenda shall be available as soon as possible prior to the meeting. The chair of the faculty senate may appoint such committees as may be desirable to study and submit recommendations to the full faculty senate, but the acts of the faculty senate shall be voted upon by the full body.
(b) In addition to any other powers and duties conferred by law, or authorized by policies adopted by the state or county board or bylaws which may be adopted by the faculty senate not inconsistent with law, the powers and duties listed in this subsection are specifically reserved for the faculty senate. The intent of these provisions is neither to restrict nor to require the activities of every faculty senate to the enumerated items except as otherwise stated. Each faculty senate shall organize its activities as it considers most effective and efficient based on school size, departmental structure and other relevant factors.
(1) Each faculty senate shall control funds allocated to the school from legislative appropriations pursuant to section nine, article nine‑a of this chapter. From those funds, each classroom teacher and librarian shall be allotted $100 for expenditure during the instructional year for academic materials, supplies or equipment which, in the judgment of the teacher or librarian, will assist him or her in providing instruction in his or her assigned academic subjects or shall be returned to the faculty senate: Provided, That nothing contained herein prohibits the funds from being used for programs and materials that, in the opinion of the teacher, enhance student behavior, increase academic achievement, improve self-esteem and address the problems of students at risk. The remainder of funds shall be expended for academic materials, supplies or equipment in accordance with a budget approved by the faculty senate. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law to the contrary, funds not expended in one school year are available for expenditure in the next school year: Provided, however, That the amount of county funds budgeted in a fiscal year may not be reduced throughout the year as a result of the faculty appropriations in the same fiscal year for such materials, supplies and equipment. Accounts shall be maintained of the allocations and expenditures of such funds for the purpose of financial audit. Academic materials, supplies or equipment shall be interpreted broadly, but does not include materials, supplies or equipment which will be used in or connected with interscholastic athletic events.
(2) A faculty senate may establish a process for members to interview or otherwise obtain information regarding applicants for classroom teaching vacancies that will enable the faculty senate to submit recommendations regarding employment to the principal. To facilitate the establishment of a process that is timely, effective, consistent among schools and counties, and designed to avoid litigation or grievance, the state board shall promulgate a rule pursuant to article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this subdivision. The rule may include the following:
(A) A process or alternative processes that a faculty senate may adopt;
(B) If determined necessary, a requirement and procedure for training for principals and faculty senate members or their designees who may participate in interviews and provisions that may provide for the compensation based on the appropriate daily rate of a classroom teacher who directly participates in the training for periods beyond his or her individual contract;
(C) Time lines that will assure the timely completion of the recommendation or the forfeiture of the right to make a recommendation upon the failure to complete a recommendation within a reasonable time;
(D) The authorization of the faculty senate to delegate the process for making a recommendation to a committee of no less than three members of the faculty senate; and
(E) Such other provisions as the state board determines are necessary or beneficial for the process to be established by the faculty senate.
(3) A faculty senate may nominate teachers for recognition as outstanding teachers under state and local teacher recognition programs and other personnel at the school, including parents, for recognition under other appropriate recognition programs and may establish such programs for operation at the school.
(4) A faculty senate may submit recommendations to the principal regarding the assignment scheduling of secretaries, clerks, aides and paraprofessionals at the school.
(5) A faculty senate may submit recommendations to the principal regarding establishment of the master curriculum schedule for the next ensuing school year.
(6) A faculty senate may establish a process for the review and comment on sabbatical leave requests submitted by employees at the school pursuant to section eleven, article two of this chapter.
(7) Each faculty senate shall elect three faculty representatives to the local school improvement council established pursuant to section two of this article.
(8) Each faculty senate may nominate a member for election to the county staff development council pursuant to section eight, article three, chapter eighteen‑a of this code.
(9) Each faculty senate shall have an opportunity to make recommendations on the selection of faculty to serve as mentors for beginning teachers under beginning teacher internship programs at the school.
(10) A faculty senate may solicit, accept and expend any grants, gifts, bequests, donations and any other funds made available to the faculty senate: Provided, That the faculty senate shall select a member who has the duty of maintaining a record of all funds received and expended by the faculty senate, which record shall be kept in the school office and is subject to normal auditing procedures.
(11) Any faculty senate may review the evaluation procedure as conducted in their school to ascertain whether the evaluations were conducted in accordance with the written system required pursuant to section twelve, article two, chapter eighteen‑a of this code or pursuant to section two, article three-c, chapter eighteen-a of this code, as applicable, and the general intent of this Legislature regarding meaningful performance evaluations of school personnel. If a majority of members of the faculty senate determine that such evaluations were not so conducted, they shall submit a report in writing to the State Board of Education: Provided, That nothing herein creates any new right of access to or review of any individual’s evaluations.
A local board shall provide to each faculty senate
a at least six
two‑hour block blocks of time for a faculty senate meeting
meetings on a day scheduled for the opening of school prior to the
beginning of the instructional term and at least four additional two-hour
blocks of time during noninstructional days, with each two-hour block of time
scheduled once at least every forty-five instructional days with at
least one two-hour block of time scheduled in the first month of the employment
term, one two-hour block of time scheduled in the last month of the employment
term and at least one two-hour block of time scheduled in each of the months of
October, December, February and April. A faculty senate may meet for an
unlimited block of time during noninstructional days to discuss and plan
strategies to improve student instruction and to conduct other faculty senate
business. A faculty senate meeting scheduled on a noninstructional day shall be
considered as part of the purpose for which the noninstructional day is
scheduled. This time may be used and determined at the local school level and
includes, but is not limited to, faculty senate meetings.
(13) Each faculty senate shall develop a strategic plan to manage the integration of special needs students into the regular classroom at their respective schools and submit the strategic plan to the superintendent of the county board periodically pursuant to guidelines developed by the State Department of Education. Each faculty senate shall encourage the participation of local school improvement councils, parents and the community at large in developing the strategic plan for each school.
Each strategic plan developed by the faculty senate shall include at least: (A) A mission statement; (B) goals; (C) needs; (D) objectives and activities to implement plans relating to each goal; (E) work in progress to implement the strategic plan; (F) guidelines for placing additional staff into integrated classrooms to meet the needs of exceptional needs students without diminishing the services rendered to the other students in integrated classrooms; (G) guidelines for implementation of collaborative planning and instruction; and (H) training for all regular classroom teachers who serve students with exceptional needs in integrated classrooms.;
On page fifty-two, section fourteen, line fifteen, by striking out everything after the period and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Educators shall receive uninterrupted time for planning periods each week. Administrators may not require a teacher to use the planning period time allotted to complete duties beyond instructional planning, including, but not limited to, administrative tasks and meetings.;
By striking out the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof a new enacting section, to read as follows:
That §18-2-26a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be repealed; that §18-2-26 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §18-2E-1a and §18-2E-5 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §18-5-13 and §18-5-45 of said code be amended and reenacted; that said code be further amended by adding thereto two new sections designated, §18-5-13b and §18-5-13c; that §18-5A-5 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §18-9A-8a of said code be amended and reenacted; and that §18A-4-14 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:.