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Public Input Encouraged on State Education Policy Changes

June 14, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on several education policy changes and updates. The following policies were placed on public comment during the monthly Board meeting on June 8, 2005: Policy 5100 - Approval of Education Personnel Preparation Programs; Policy 5202 - Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advance Salary Classifications; Policy 3232 - Establishment of Procedures and Operating Policies for Multi-County Career and Technical Education Centers; Policy 8224 - Projection of Net Enrollment Increases.  

Policy 5100 - Approval of Education Personnel Preparation Programs Revisions are necessary in Policy 5100 to reflect changes in both state and federal legislation regarding alternative routes to certification and highly qualified special education teacher. Revisions are also necessary to help ensure that all teacher preparation programs contain the academic rigor necessary for graduates of West Virginia Board of Education approved teacher education programs. Language has been added which clarifies that student teaching must occur in the public schools. The ten Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium principles have been included as standards which all initial teacher preparation programs must meet. Finally, the National Education Technology Standards for Teachers as identified by the International Society for Technology in Education have been included as the technology standards all preparation programs must address. A statewide stakeholder committee has reviewed and has recommended these revisions.  

Policy 5202 - Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advance Salary Classifications Revisions are needed in Policy 5202 to reflect changes in both state and federal legislation regarding alternative routes to certification, the out-of-state certificate of eligibility, highly qualified special education teacher and consultative special education teacher. Language has been included in Policy 5202 to allow a curriculum/cultural enrichment authorization certificate that enables counties to employ persons to provide courses in areas/topics that are not covered in the public school curriculum. Language has also been added to allow teachers who are certified in Multi-Subjects K-8 to obtain a renewable temporary authorization to teach reading to students in grades seven and eight, should no fully certified reading teacher be available. Finally, minor revisions are needed throughout the policy in order to make formatting and editing changes. A statewide stakeholder committee has reviewed and has recommended these revisions.  

Policy 3232 - Establishment of Procedures and Operating Policies for Multi-County Career and Technical Education Centers Policy 3232 was placed on public comment until May 15, 2005. One comment was received and accepted resulting in the development of two new sections, 5.5.4 (reflects State Code regarding seniority and continuing contract status for employees of multi-county centers) and 5.5.5 (stating that employees of multi-county centers are not eligible to serve on boards of education of participating counties)  

Policy 8224 - Projection of Net Enrollment Increases This policy is being issued to comply with the provisions of S.B. 604 which was passed during the recent legislative session related to the allowance under the Public School Support Program (PSSP) for increased enrollment (W. Va. Code 18-9A-15). One of the requirements of the revised statute is that the Board promulgate a rule that establishes an objective method for projecting the increase in net enrollment for each school district by September 1, 2005. This policy was developed to meet that requirement. This policy will repeal and replace Policy 8224, Six Percent Loss Cap Waiver, which is no longer required.  

The policies will remain on public comment for 30 days. School administrators and parents are encouraged to review the document and make suggestions on improving the policy. You can find the policies by logging onto http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/

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