State Board Updates Educational Programs and Personnel Policies

July 21, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education during its July meeting updated a policy that sets high quality standards for juvenile institutional education programs in the state.  

The board approved changes to Policy 2325 that clarifies that career technical training programs must be aligned with state and national job markets; reduces the minimal percentage of time school counselors spend in a direct counseling role from 75 percent to 60 percent; clarifies how individualized student transition plans are developed; and ensures that student who have a high school or GED diploma have educational opportunities.  

The board also revised Policy 5100, which covers its education personnel preparation programs. The updates reflect changes in state legislation to allow student teaching in non-public schools, among other revisions.  

Policy 5202, which outlines the minimum requirements for the licensure of professional and paraprofessional personnel as well as advanced salary classifications, also was updated. The revisions incorporate changes in state law regarding reimbursement for personnel with national certification in speech language pathology and audiology for counseling. It also provides more timely reimbursement of fees for teachers completing National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. The update also allows counties with students with special health care needs to hire a registered nurse for one year when no fully certified school nurse has applied for the job.

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