State Board Supports Local Control of Schools Through New Teacher Hiring Policy

Posted: June 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education trusts teachers and principals. That is the strong message members exemplified Thursday through their unanimous vote to seek public comment on a new teacher hiring policy.

Policy 5000: Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel will be out on public comment for 30 days and will become effective within that same time period.

"Principals and teachers have always been accountable for student achievement but have felt they were restricted in their ability to build a school teaching team," said West Virginia Board of Education Vice President Gayle Manchin. "The new hiring practices policy empowers teachers and gives them a voice for the first time in building this team."

The policy gives schools options related to establishing a Faculty Senate Committee. Teachers on the Faculty Senate teams will be entrusted to review applicants for a position within their learning facility and make a joint recommendation to the principal and county superintendent.

"This is a substantial change in how we hire teachers in West Virginia," said Board Member Lloyd Jackson. "The public should understand that if teachers, in a meaningful process, recommend a candidate to fill a teaching position and the principal and superintendent agree that person will be hired. Teachers know what their students and schools need so why not allow them to participate in hiring decisions."

The policy allows members of the Faculty Senate Committee to determine what teacher qualities and factors are most important for the individual school and students.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699. To comment on Policy 5000, visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/ beginning on Friday, June 14.

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