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W.Va. Board Consolidates Policies, Seeks Public Comment on Other Changes

February 09, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education has repealed four policies and voted to place three other proposed policy changes on public comment.

Board members at their February meeting approved Policy 2445.41, Textbook Adoption: Notice, Request, and Instruction to Publishers. The policy incorporates four separate policies into one. The updated policy now includes guidelines in Policy 2445.4 Modifications in Textbook Adoption Regulations, Policy 2445.43 Selection of Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials: Inter-ethnic in Content, Concept and Illustration and Policy 2445.412 Textbook Adoption Appeal Process for Publishers. In addition, the board repealed the outdated policies.

The board also voted to place on public comment West Virginia’s Annual Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2012. West Virginia annually submits to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Programs its plan to allocate funding under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA). The plan includes assurances regarding the state's implementation of IDEA. To receive IDEA funding, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) must meet specific public participation requirements, including an opportunity for the general public to comment on the application. Comments on the proposed application will be accepted from Feb. 10 to April 9.

Board members also voted to place Policy 1471, Education in West Virginia’s Correctional Institutions: Mission and Goals on public comment for 30 days. Revisions to Policy 1471 are being recommended to change the titles of the agencies responsible for working with the WVDE to provide education programs and services for incarcerated juvenile and adults in facilities; updating vocational programs to Career Technical Education; and to clarify personnel salaries and benefits.

Also placed on a 30-day comment period are proposed changes to Policy 2800, Regulations for the Education of Juveniles Placed in Secure Predispositional Juvenile Centers. Revisions to Policy 2800 are being recommended due to agency changes.

During its February meeting, the board also approved realigned initial teacher preparation programs of Fairmont State University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston and West Virginia State University. The programs have met requirements that Initial Teacher Preparation Licensure Programs be aligned to the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS) and International Society for Technology (ISTE) in Education Standards. The higher education institutions with state-approved teacher preparation programs have completed a self-study and have realigned initial teacher preparation programs to the standards, as specified in Policy 5100.

The board also voted to make known its position on proposed legislation that would affect public education. In addition, board members approved the process for development of the 2012-2013 West Virginia Board of Education Strategic Plan as well as recommendations of the RESA stakeholders in response to the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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