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Chapter 18     Entire Code


ARTICLE 1. DEFINITIONS; LIMITATIONS OF CHAPTER; GOALS FOREDUCATION.

ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 2A. ADOPTION OF TEXTBOOKS, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES.

ARTICLE 2B. AREA VOCATIONAL PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 2C. HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING PROHIBITION.

ARTICLE 2D. COMMUNITY EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 2E. HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

ARTICLE 2F. INCENTIVES AND RESULTS BASED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 2G. SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA IMPROVEMENT GRANT PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 2H. PUBLIC NOTICE AND PARTICIPATION IN STATE-MANDATED EDUCATIONAL REFORM.

ARTICLE 2I. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

ARTICLE 2J. PUBLIC AND HIGHER EDUCATION UNIFIED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIC PLAN.

ARTICLE 2K. THE DIABETES CARE PLAN ACT.

ARTICLE 3. STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.

ARTICLE 4. COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.

ARTICLE 5. COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 5A. LOCAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT.

ARTICLE 5B. SCHOOL INNOVATION ZONES ACT.

ARTICLE 5C. COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION AND COLLABORATIVE TEAM WAIVERS.

ARTICLE 5D. WEST VIRGINIA FEED TO ACHIEVE ACT.

ARTICLE 5E. INNOVATION IN EDUCATION ACT.

ARTICLE 5F. ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITY IN PUBLIC EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT ACT.

ARTICLE 5G. PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLs.

ARTICLE 6. DRIVER EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 7. ADULT LITERACY EDUCATION PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 7A. STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 7B. TEACHERS\' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 7C. MERGER OF TEACHERS\' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT SYSTEM WITH STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 7D. VOLUNTARY TRANSFER FROM TEACHERS\' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT SYSTEM TO STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 8. COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.

ARTICLE 8A. ATTENDANCE OF HOMELESS CHILDREN.

ARTICLE 9. SCHOOL FINANCES.

ARTICLE 9A. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT.

ARTICLE 9B. STATE BOARD OF SCHOOL FINANCE.

ARTICLE 9C. STATE AID FOR CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION AND REMODELING OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND EQUIPPING OF THE SAME.

ARTICLE 9D. SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 9E. AIR QUALITY IN NEW SCHOOLS ACT.

ARTICLE 9F. SCHOOL ACCESS SAFETY ACT.

ARTICLE 10. FEDERAL AID AND GIFTS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.

ARTICLE 10A. REHABILITATION SERVICES.

ARTICLE 10B. VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FACILITIES.

ARTICLE 10C. THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION COMPACT.

ARTICLE 10D. COMPACT FOR EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 10E. INTERSTATE COMPACT ON QUALIFICATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL.

ARTICLE 10F. DISABLED PERSONS AND PUBLIC USE BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES.

ARTICLE 10G. PROVIDING OF FOOD SERVICE IN PUBLIC OFFICE BUILDINGS BY THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION.

ARTICLE 10I. WEST VIRGINIA SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 10J. BLIND PERSONS\' LITERACY RIGHTS AND EDUCATION ACT.

ARTICLE 10K. WEST VIRGINIA TRAUMATIC BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURY REHABILITATION FUND ACT.

ARTICLE 10L. RON YOST PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES ACT.

ARTICLE 10M. WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT LIVING ACT.

ARTICLE 10N. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

ARTICLE 10O. DISABILITY HISTORY WEEK.

ARTICLE 11. WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY.

ARTICLE 11A. REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS.

ARTICLE 11B. REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY FACILITIES, BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES.

ARTICLE 11C. WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 11D. REVENUE BONDS FOR WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC FACILITIES.

ARTICLE 11E. REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC FACILITIES.

ARTICLE 12. STATE TEACHERS\' COLLEGES.

ARTICLE 12A. REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL UNIVERSITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS.

ARTICLE 12B. REVENUE BONDS FOR STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION -- CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ON SYSTEM BASIS.

ARTICLE 13. WEST VIRGINIA EDGE.

ARTICLE 14. BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE.

ARTICLE 15. WEST VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

ARTICLE 16. ANTIHAZING LAW.

ARTICLE 17. WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND.

ARTICLE 18. WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE COLORED DEAF AND BLIND.

ARTICLE 19. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN OF DECEASED SOLDIERS, SAILORS, MARINES AND AIRMEN.

ARTICLE 20. EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN.

ARTICLE 21. SPECIAL COMMUNITY-BASED PILOT DEMONSTRATION PROJECT TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR AT-RISK YOUTH.

ARTICLE 22. HIGHER EDUCATION FULL-TIME FACULTY SALARIES.

ARTICLE 22A. EMINENT SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT TRUST FUND ACT.

ARTICLE 22B. STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 22C. STATE AID FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING GREENBRIER COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE.

ARTICLE 22D. HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT ASSISTANCE LOAN PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 22E. DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS ENDOWMENT TRUST FUND ACT.

ARTICLE 23. ADDITIONAL POWERS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF GOVERNING BOARDS OF STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 24. FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTED AT STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 25. TAX DEFERRED INVESTMENTS FOR TEACHERS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES.

ARTICLE 26. WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF REGENTS.

ARTICLE 26A. STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER.

ARTICLE 26B. CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULE AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 26C. INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

ARTICLE 26D. INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEVELOPMENT.

ARTICLE 27. WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATION LOAN BOND PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 28. PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL OR CHURCH SCHOOLS, OR SCHOOLS OF A RELIGIOUS ORDER.

ARTICLE 29. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE.

ARTICLE 30. WEST VIRGINIA COLLEGE PREPAID TUITION AND SAVINGS PROGRAM ACT.

ARTICLE 31. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS FOR STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 32. SEVERABILITY.

ARTICLE 10H. ALBERT YANNI PROGRAMS OF EXCELLENCE IN VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

§18-10H-1. Purpose; legislative intent.

Rapid technological advances, the advent of a global economy, changing demographics and restructuring of the traditional workplace have dictated changes in educational programs designed to prepare work force entrants and incumbents. More emphasis must be placed on the transfer of technology, via the educational system, to the workplace resulting in an academically and technically literate work force. A structure must be established to provide incentives, high expectations and encouragement for talented vocational-technical students to pursue advanced education and training related to their technical disciplines, as well as provide a mechanism for the technical updating of vocational-technical teachers and administrators, including opportunities for the attainment of advanced degrees.

The economic future of the State of West Virginia will be greatly influenced by the ability of the educational system to prepare competent individuals for a highly competitive and technological workplace. Excellence in terms of faculty, programs and educational opportunities for all West Virginians will greatly affect the degree of future economic prosperity within the state. With the enactment of this article, the Legislature intends to address a major void in the current system of vocational-technical education in West Virginia through the creation of a comprehensive program of educational incentives for talented students, teachers and administrators. The results of the programs and initiatives proposed by this article can have a significant impact toward achieving excellence in vocational-technical education within West Virginia and revitalizing the state's economy.

§18-10H-2. Academy for talented vocational-technical education students.

The West Virginia Board of Education shall establish by July 1, 1990, an annual academy for talented vocational-technical education students, including a foundation for receiving private financial support. The purposes of the academy are to stimulate and reward student commitment to excellence in secondary vocational-technical education; to stimulate growth in the critical and creative thinking abilities of vocational-technical students; to assist exceptionally talented secondary vocational-technical education students to achieve their individual potentials; to bridge the gap between educational practice and the technological workplace; and to provide a medium for interaction between talented vocational-technical students and innovative leaders of business and industry and labor.

The state Board of Education may establish a coordinating committee to set operating guidelines for the academy and supporting foundation, including, but not limited to, selection of participants, promotion, program development, location, facilities and staffing.

The nonprofit academy foundation shall exist to solicit private funds and resources to enhance the operation of the academy.

§18-10H-3. Scholarship fund for vocational-technical education students and educators.

Beginning with the school year one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine--ninety, the state Board of Education shall establish a scholarship program for outstanding secondary vocational-technical education graduates to pursue additional post-secondary college work in a related career or technical field. The board may award twenty annual scholarships, not to exceed $2,000 each, based on criteria to be established by the board. Additionally, the board may award fifteen annual scholarships, not to exceed $1,000 each, to outstanding vocational-technical teachers for the purpose of pursing advanced degrees or technical updating of their professional competencies. The criteria for awarding the educator scholarships shall be promulgated by the board. The foundation provided for in section two of this article shall solicit private sector funds for these scholarships.

§18-10H-4. Interdisciplinary doctoral program in vocational-technical education.

The West Virginia board of regents shall establish by July 1, 1991, a plan for a coordinate interdisciplinary doctoral program in vo-tech education utilizing existing facilities and personnel of state universities, colleges, the state Department of Education vocational-technical staff and board of regents members.

§18-10H-5. Vocational-technical education administrator's academy.

The West Virginia Board of Education shall maintain and expand an annual vocational-technical education administrator's academy. The purposes of this academy are to stimulate excellence in vocational-technical education programming statewide through the development of progressive instructional leadership, planning and program development competencies of vocational-technical education administrators.

The board may establish a coordinating committee made up of the Department of Education staff, local vocational administrators and representatives of the vocational-technical education department at Marshall University to plan and administer this program. The nonprofit academy foundation established in section two of this article shall exist to solicit private funds and resources to enhance the operation of the academy.

§18-10H-6. Effective schools program in vocational-technical education.

The state Board of Education shall establish and operate an effective schools program for vocational-technical education, including introductory vocational-technical courses in middle school grades as appropriate. The purpose of the program is to provide vocational-technical education personnel with resources and staff development for school program improvement based on application of the effective schools research, including components such as instructional leadership, school climate, high student expectations, emphasis on academic and occupational achievement and community and parental involvement. The program shall be coordinated by the bureau of vocational, technical and adult education with the advisement from a committee composed of two vocational administrators, two vocational teachers, one vocational guidance counselor, one educator of vocational teachers, one county school superintendent, one comprehensive high school principal, one academic teacher, two business/industry representatives, one labor representative and one vocational education program completer.

§18-10H-7. Unified technology transfer program.

The state Board of Education shall establish a unified technology transfer program for vocational-technical educators, beginning July 1, 1990. This program shall emphasize initiatives designed to improve the transfer of technology through the vocational-technical education curriculum. Such initiatives must impact on improved staff development, curricula and instructional methods reflecting work applications of the new and emerging technologies. The vocational-technical education system must be a catalyst in bridging the gap between high technology and the workplace. Workers for the twenty-first century must know how to install, operate and maintain high technology equipment, systems and processes.

The unified technology transfer program shall provide innovative staff development opportunities through the following initiatives:

(a) A technical update program for vocational-technical education teachers to learn high technology skills needed to teach the operation, maintenance, or repair of high technology equipment, through placement in industry, formal technical coursework, seminars, teleconferences and other staff development functions;

(b) A "Teachers-Teach-Teachers" program to allow the most effective teachers in the state to instruct fellow teachers on how to effectively teach and incorporate high technology skills in the classroom and laboratory;

(c) An "Academy Chair" program to allow education or business-industry persons to serve as a resident expert in the transfer of technology, including conducting seminars in educational institutions, teleconferences and in the workplace;

(d) A business and education exchange program to allow vocational-technical education teachers to work in a company or business, while the business person teaches in the vocational-technical education program;

(e) A beginning teacher internship program to allow new vocational-technical teachers to receive guidance from a mentor teacher in teaching high technology skills, including acquisition of such skills; and

(f) A vocational-technical completer capstone experience program that allows talented students an opportunity to learn high technology skills appropriate for their occupational area of study through internship placement in an appropriate business or industry setting.

The state Board of Education may formulate policies and procedures designed to implement this section.

The foundation provided for in section two of this article shall solicit private sector funds and encourage partnerships to implement this program.

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