Friday, June 21, 2019
What’s in HB 206
- Mountaineer Challenge Academy - Allows expansion of the Mountaineer Challenge Academy at the current Preston County site and creates a new site in Fayette County.
- Mountain State Digital Literacy Project - In 2020-21 the WVDE will select pilot sites for the project. Schools participating in the project will receive instructional resources for a curriculum, related to digital literacy, online assessment preparation and internet safety.
- Student transfers – Creates an ‘open enrollment’ for students outside of a county to enroll in any school within the district. The county the student is leaving does not have to give permission. All county BOEs may establish open enrollment policies. The new section does not supersede WVSSAC eligibility requirements or agreements already in place.
- Counselors – Their workload changes to 80% of time spent in direct counseling and 20% administrative. Was 75% and 25%.
- Student promotion – Added language that a teacher’s recommendation on a student promotion shall be the primary consideration in making a determination.
- Exceptional Student Success Fund – Creates this new fund as an option for county BOEs with surplus money to use for the education of students who are ‘likely to perform better outside the public-school setting.’ The purpose is to allow the local BOE to use funds for expenditures related to services and materials necessary for exceptional students’ educational needs that are not met within the public-school district.
- LSIC - Local school improvement councils may propose alternatives to the operation of the school and may include in their proposal a request for a waiver of rules and policies of the county board and state board, state superintendent interpretations, and state statutes if necessary to implement the proposal.
- Charter schools - Limited to 3 pilot public charter schools until July 1, 2023. Then an additional 3 public charter schools may be authorized every 3 years. Only county BOEs are authorizers. No charter may begin operation prior to the 2021-22 school year.
- Attendance – Adds principals to the list of people who can make contact with parents/guardians to discuss unexcused absences
- Professional student support – Expands section to include those who provide direct social and emotional support to students as well as those addressing chronic absenteeism. Funding was increased to 5.0 per 1000 students. Effective 2019-20 fiscal year.
- Net enrollment – For counties below 1400 in net enrollment, their enrollment calculation will be increased by 10% for funding purposes. Effective 2019-2020 funding year.
- Foundation allowance in the formula – Effective 2019-20 it will increase from 70.25% to 71.25% for operations and maintenance.
- Faculty Senate $ - Increases the allotment per teacher to $300.
- State Aid Block Grants – Beginning in 2019-20 counties shall receive the county’s state aide share for the basic foundation program in the form of block grants.
- Salary increases for school employees – Effective for the 2019-2020 school year professional employees will receive a salary increase. Teachers $2120. ESP approximately $115/month.
- Math and special ed salary bump – Three additional steps on the salary scale will be given to certified math teachers teaching 60% of the time in math and for certified special education teachers teaching 100% of the time in special education.
- Non-uniformity – Allows local BOEs to provide additional compensation or financial assistance to teachers teaching in certain schools with high turnover/hard to staff or in subject areas of critical need. It also allows extra compensation for master teachers, mentors, etc.
- Seniority in RIF - The selection of the employee to be released from employment shall be based upon seniority, certification, licensure and performance evaluations. In the event of a reduction in force, a county board of education may properly notify and release from employment any classroom teacher with unsatisfactory evaluations for the previous two consecutive years regardless of years of service instead of releasing a less senior classroom teacher with satisfactory performance evaluations.
- Job postings – Removes the limitations on the number of times a job may be posted if certified applicants apply.
- Personal leave days – Increases the number of personal days (SB 6 non-cause days) from three to four. Effective July 1, 2019.
- Sick Leave bonus – If a teacher misses no more than 4 days of personal leave during their 200-day contract they will receive a $500 bonus at the end of the school year. Effective July 1, 2019.
- Underwood- Smith Teaching Scholarship – State it is for those pursuing teaching careers in critical shortage fields. It contains both scholarship and loan repayment programs. Awards of $10k annually for a max of 4 years. Must teach for at least 5 consecutive years in a county. Repayment option is for teachers in critical need area or a school counselor – work 2 years for each year for which a loan repayment award is received.
What’s not in HB 206
- It does not include any of the strike/work stoppage language that was contained in the Senate Bill (which included the firing of teachers and the restrictions on county superintendents to close schools).
- It does not include ESAs.
- It does not make any changes to the school calendar or the required instructional minutes.
- It does not increase class size.
- It does not include a teacher/ESP tax credit for school supplies.
HB 206 Passes the House of Delegates
On Wednesday, June 19, after over 9 hours of debate and the passage of several amendments the House of Delegates passed HB 206 on a 51-47 vote with 2 people absent. The amended version of the bill is not yet available.
The most significant changes made to the bill during the amendment stage were:
- Charter schools will be limited to three until July 1, 2023. Then an additional three public charter schools may be authorized every three years.
- Seniority in RIF: The selection of the employee to be properly notified and released from employment shall be based on seniority, certification, licensure and performance evaluations. In the event of a reduction of force a county board of education may properly notifiy and release from employment any classroom teacher with unsatisfactory evaluations for the previous two years regardless of years of service instead of releasing a less senior classroom teacher with satisfactory performance evaluations.
Now the Senate will have to come back and vote to accept this new version of the omnibus education bill. We have not yet heard when that will happen. If they vote to accept, it will then be up to the governor whether or not to sign it.
We will continue to keep you updated.
House of Delegates Printable PDF
House of Delegates group emails
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House of Delegates Makes Changes
The House of Delegates referred SB 1039 or the "Student Success Act" to Select Committee C. That committee put forth their own strike and insert version of the bill. The bill is now called HB 206. You can read the full bill here.
Get Ready for the House’s Special Session on June 17
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Senate Passes Omnibus Education Bill 2.0
During a special session that lasted for three days the Senate passed another omnibus education bill that they call the "Student Success Act". The votes were 18-15 with one senator absent. Senators Mann and Hamilton joined democrats in trying to defeat this legislation.
On second reading of the bill several amendments were made. The worst of those strengthened anti-strike language by reiterating that strikes are illegal and school workers can be fired if they strike. This amendment also will not allow county superintendents to close schools in anticipation of a strike or to help in a strike.
A separate ESA bill also passed by a 18-15 vote during this special session. Both of these bills will now go to the House who is set to reconvene on June 17 at 8:30.
"Student Success Act" Talking Points
Time Announced for Saturday Special Session, House Announces Their Plans
The Senate has announced that they will begin their special session on education on Saturday, June 1 at 10 AM. The WVEA will be set up inside the capitol near the rotunda and outside the capitol on the bell side beginning at 9 AM. We ask that you wear red and bring your friends. Let's pack the capitol in a sea of red!
The House of Delegates has also announced their plans. Speaker Hanshaw has called for their special session to begin on Monday, June 17 at 8:30 AM. We do not currently know what exactly will be on their agenda, but we will keep you updated. Also continue to check back for the WVEA's plan for that day!
Senate Releases ESA Bill
Education Savings Accounts were not part of the "Student Succes Act" omnibus education bill that was previously released. Instead, these will be considered in a separate bill. That bill was released on Wednesday May 29. It is expected that the Senate will begin work on this ESA bill on Saturday June 1 as well.
You can read the full bill here.
Senate Called Back for Special Session
Senate President Mitch Carmichael has called senators back to Charleston to begin work on the "Student Success Act" which was released on Friday May 24. There has not yet been a call for members of the House to come back into session as well.
You can read the full bill here.
It is incredibly important for you to attend as many of these education public forums as possible and voice your opinion on these important issues. We have provided some talking points for you to look over before heading to these public forums. These can help conversations stay informed and on topic. You can download the talking points here.
WVEA Education Stakeholders Forums
The WVEA will also be holding a series of public forums across the state before the beginning of the special session. The purpose of these forums is to hear from education employees, parents, students and concerned citizens about what would truly make our schools better. We want to know what would best improve student achievement, what would help educators most in their classrooms and more.
We want as many legislators to be present at these forums as possible so they can hear directly from you. For that reason, these forums will be scheduled by senatorial district. Below is a list of forums scheduled so far. This list will be updated as more forums are scheduled.
- District 1: April 9th Wheeling Park High School
- District 2: April 4th Doddridge County High School
- April 11th 6:00-8:00 PM Mollohan Center
- District 4: April 9th 6:30-8:00 PM Ripley High School
- District 5: April 8th 6:00- 8:00 PM Cabell County Public Library
- District 6: April 29th 5:00-7:30 PM Princeton Senior High School
- District 7: April 9th 6:00-8:00 PM Southern WV Community and Technical College
- District 8: April 15th 6:30-8:00 PM Poca Middle School
- District 9: April 9th 6:00-8:00 PM Woodrow Wilson High School
- District 10: May 1st 5:30- 7:30 PM New River Elementary School
- District 11: March 29th 6:00-8:00 PM Webster County High School
- District 12: April 9th 6:00-8:00 PM Lewis County High School
- April 11th 6:00-8:00 PM Robert C. Byrd High School
- District 13: March 21st 6:00-8:00 PM South Middle School
- District 16: April 10th 6:00-8:00 PM Martinsburg High School Auditorium
- District 17: April 11th 6:30-8:00 PM South Charleston Middle School Cafeteria
WV Department of Education Public Forums
The WVDE will be holding a series of of public forums across the state to discuss public education and how to make it better. These forums will be held over the next month so that the results can be reported back to the Legislature before the special session begins. All of the forums will be from 6-8 PM and you can find the dates and locations below. You must pre-register for these events and can do so here: https://wvde.us/education-public-forum/
- March 18, Cabell Midland High School
- March 19, Mount View High School
- March 20, Capital High School
- March 21, Woodrow Wilson High School
- March 25, Blennerhasset Middle School
- April 1, Robert C. Byrd High School
- April 2, Wheeling Park High School
- April 3, Berkeley Spring High School
The WVEA will also be holding a series of public forums across the state where we hope to get as many legislators involved as possible. We are working to set those up now and will keep you updated on when and where they will be held. It is important that we have as many people as possible show up to as many of these public events as we can. We want the Legislature hearing from educators and public school students who will be the most impacted by this special session.
WVEA Statement on Special Session