West Virginia Code
1 - DEFINITIONS; LIMITATIONS OF CHA
2 - STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
2A - ADOPTION OF TEXTBOOKS, INSTRUC
2B - AREA VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
2C - HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BU
2D - COMMUNITY EDUCATION
2E - HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGR
2F - INCENTIVES AND RESULTS BASED S
2G - SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA IMPROVEME
2I - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2J - PUBLIC AND HIGHER EDUCATION UN
2K - THE DIABETES CARE PLAN ACT
3 - STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
4 - COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL
5 - COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
5A - LOCAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT
5B - SCHOOL INNOVATION ZONES ACT
5C - COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION AND C
5D - WEST VIRGINIA FEED TO ACHIEVE
5E - INNOVATION IN EDUCATION ACT
5F - ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITY IN PU
6 - DRIVER EDUCATION
7 - ADULT LITERACY EDUCATION PROGRA
7A - STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYST
7B - TEACHERS' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION
7C - MERGER OF TEACHERS' DEFINED CO
7D - VOLUNTARY TRANSFER FROM TEACHE
8 - COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
8A - ATTENDANCE OF HOMELESS CHILDRE
9 - SCHOOL FINANCES
9A - PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT
9B - STATE BOARD OF SCHOOL FINANCE
9C - STATE AID FOR CONSTRUCTION, RE
9D - SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY
9E - AIR QUALITY IN NEW SCHOOLS ACT
9F - SCHOOL ACCESS SAFETY ACT
10 - FEDERAL AID AND GIFTS FOR EDU
10A - REHABILITATION SERVICES
10B - VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FA
10C - THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCAT
10D - COMPACT FOR EDUCATION
10E - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON QUALIF
10F - DISABLED PERSONS AND PUBLIC
10G - PROVIDING OF FOOD SERVICE IN
10H - ALBERT YANNI PROGRAMS OF EXC
10I - WEST VIRGINIA SUPPORTED EMPL
10J - BLIND PERSONS' LITERACY RIGH
10K - WEST VIRGINIA TRAUMATIC BRAI
10L - RON YOST PERSONAL ASSISTANCE
10M - WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT LI
10N - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCES
10O - DISABILITY HISTORY WEEK
11 - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
11A - REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY
11B - REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY
11C - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HOS
11D - REVENUE BONDS FOR WEST VIRGI
11E - REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL U
12 - STATE TEACHERS' COLLEGES
12A - REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL U
12B - REVENUE BONDS FOR STATE INST
13 - WEST VIRGINIA EDGE
14 - BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
15 - WEST VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF TE
16 - ANTIHAZING LAW
17 - WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS FOR THE
18 - WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE
19 - EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
20 - EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHIL
21 - SPECIAL COMMUNITY-BASED PILOT
22 - HIGHER EDUCATION FULL-TIME FA
22A - EMINENT SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT T
22B - STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
22C - STATE AID FOR STUDENTS ATTEN
22D - HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT ASS
22E - DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS END
23 - ADDITIONAL POWERS, DUTIES AND
24 - FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTE
25 - TAX DEFERRED INVESTMENTS FOR
26 - WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF REGENT
26A - STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER
26B - CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY S
26C - INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
26D - INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL
27 - WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATION LOAN
28 - PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL OR CHURCH
29 - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
30 - WEST VIRGINIA COLLEGE PREPAID
31 - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGRE
32 - SEVERABILITY
CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.
ARTICLE 2H. PUBLIC NOTICE AND PARTICIPATION IN STATE-MANDATED EDUCATIONAL REFORM.
The Legislature hereby finds and declares that, while an educated and informed citizenry is essential to a democratic society, so also is the right, opportunity and guarantee that the citizenry have the right to notice and participation in any state-mandated educational reform which changes, or is intended to change, statewide data systems, statewide curriculum, or any state-mandated education reform which constitutes a significant change in the philosophy or goals of education in the public schools of West Virginia as that is defined by state board rule.
In order to ensure the right and opportunity of the citizenry to notice and participation in any proposed state-mandated educational reform, a procedure for notice to the citizenry and public hearings shall be developed.
Prior to the adoption or implementation of any state-mandated education reform which constitutes a significant change in the philosophy or goals of education in the public schools of West Virginia, the state Board of Education shall give notice and hold public hearings on the proposed education reform.
At least sixty days prior to the date set for hearings, the state board shall provide notification of the proposed education reform in the manner specified in section three of this article: Provided, That the provisions of this section do not apply to emergency rules promulgated by the state Board of Education pursuant to section ten, article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.
From the date of the public notice through the date of the last scheduled public hearing, the state board shall receive written comments to the intended state-mandated education reform constituting a significant change in the philosophy or goals of education in the public schools of West Virginia. After the minimum period of sixty days following the public notice of hearings, the state board, or the state Department of Education if so delegated by the state board, shall hold not less than four public hearings at various locations in the state, during which hearings the general public and affected citizenry shall have the opportunity to have questions and objections to the proposed education reform answered and to have their views made part of the public record.
If, after receipt of written comments and the public hearings, the state board makes any change in the proposed education reform, it shall make a public announcement of that change not less than thirty days prior to its vote on the reform. The affected citizenry may submit written comments on any such changes.
(a) Prior to the implementation of any state-mandated educational reform which constitutes a significant change in the philosophy or goals in the public schools of this state and the hearings required thereon, the state board shall provide notice by submitting a copy of the proposed reform and a press release to public and private television and radio stations, disseminating press releases to newspapers of general circulation, and notifying the parents of students in all schools which might be affected by sending notices home with the students, or by distribution to the parents in any other reasonable manner. The notice and plans shall be in such form and contain such information as the state board may require to fully inform the citizenry of the nature and scope of the educational reform, including the proposed educational reform and the date, time and place of the public hearings.
(b) The state board shall provide timely written notice to any person who has asked the state board to place the person's name on a mailing list maintained by the state board.
(c) The state board shall maintain a verbatim record of all hearings.
(d) The state board may not impose fees or other charges for such a public hearing.
The extent of additional information received by the state board from the general public and the affected citizenry, with respect to the impact of the proposed educational reform, may be cause for the state board to change, alter, amend, implement or rescind the proposed educational reform.