HB2012 SFAT #1 RUCKER 3-1

Hager  7871


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

Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill 2012A Bill to amend and reenact §18-5G-1, §18-5G-2, §18-5G-4, §18-5G-5, §18-5G-6, §18-5G-9, §18-5G-10, and §18-5G-11 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto three new sections, designated §18-5G-13, §18-5G-14, and §18-5G-15, all relating to public charter schools; amending provisions pertaining to the number of public charter schools that may be authorized; requiring the Legislative Auditor to conduct an audit of the public charter school program two years after the first public charter school commences operations; amending process applicable when an applicant applies to two or more county boards to authorize a public charter school; allowing the West Virginia Professional Charter School Board to authorize public charter schools; clarifying that an education service provider can be public or private and nonprofit or for-profit; defining “full-time virtual public charter school” and “West Virginia Professional Charter School Board”; amending provisions pertaining to revocation of a charter contract; amending timeline for charter school application and beginning operations; requiring public charter schools to be treated and act as their own local education agency for all purposes; specifying exception; prohibiting anything in certain State Board of Education rule from conflicting with code; setting deadline for certain State Board of Education rules; amending provisions pertaining to the charter contract; amending provisions pertaining to the renewal of a charter contract;  creating a process by which to appeal certain authorizer decisions to the West Virginia Board of Education; setting forth parameters under which the Professional Charter School board and county boards may authorize a limited number of virtual public charter schools; addressing virtual public charter school enrollment limits, charter term, funding, enrollment of students who may require special education services, governing body training, student absence, instructional time requirements, requirements that are applicable to the traditional deliver of instruction, student orientation, data demonstrating progress toward graduation, requirements relating to student engagement and teacher responsiveness, a policy regarding failure to participate in instructional activities, educational placement upon student transfer, virtual charter schools enrolling students in grades six and below, and application of  requirements to certain other virtual instructional program; establishing the West Virginia Professional Charter School Board; providing for members, appointments, removal, immunity from civil liability in certain instances, appointment of executive director, employment of staff, and reimbursement of certain expenses; limiting how official actions of nonvoting ex officio members may be construed; requiring the Professional Charter School Board to investigate certain complaints and allowing it to conduct or cause to be conducted certain audits; and making technical improvements and corrections.