Hager 7871


The Committee on Education 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 No. 4295 – A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-5B-14; and to further amend said code by adding thereto a new article, designated §18-5E-1, §18-5E-2, §18-5E-3, §18-5E-4, §18-5E-5, §18-5E-6 and §18-5E-7, all relating to education innovation; terminating funding for Innovation Zones and Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zones; setting forth purpose of Innovation in Education Act; defining Innovation in Education school; allowing incorporation of more than one of certain attributes into an Innovation in Education school’s  program design; setting forth certain requirements for Innovation in Education school; authorizing soliciting, accepting and expending gifts, donations and grants with certain limits; authorizing State Board of Education designation of Innovation in Education school; requiring state board rule for implementation and authorizing emergency rule if necessary; requiring rule to include certain provisions pertaining to the application process, minimum contents of the application, and the process by which the state board will review performance and student success, reaffirm or reconsider designation, and identify exemplary schools; allowing state board to provide for West Virginia Department of Education to independently assess applicants; setting forth requirements applicable to the state board when making a designation determination; setting forth items that Innovation in Education Plan must include; requiring operational agreement between school principal and county board of education; specifying minimum contents of operational agreement; requiring performance report on and evaluations of Innovation in Education school; allowing county superintendent to make certain recommendations to the county board and state board in the evaluation; allowing the state board to take certain actions based on the county superintendent’s evaluation and a data analysis conducted by the Department one of which is the termination of the Innovation in Education designation in certain instances; and creating Innovation in Education Fund.