H. B. 3159
(By Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Young, Perry, Williams, Barill, Pethtel, Lawrence, Pasdon, Ambler and CooperSPONSOR)
[Originating in the DATECommittee on EducationCOMMITTEE.]
(March 26, 2013)
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-5B-10Bill Title of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to excepting Monroe County Schools from compulsory attendance age law for purpose of increasing age to eighteen; and excepting Nicholas County Schools from requirement to commence compulsory attendance actions after certain maximum absences for purpose of limited absence excusal for Saturday program completion. Title Language
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-5B-10Enacting Section of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 5B. SCHOOL INNOVATION ZONES ACT.
§18-5B-10. Exceptions to statutes granted to innovation zones; limitations.
(a) The Legislature hereby grants an exception to the statute or statutes indicated for the following schools pursuant to and for the purposes enumerated in their innovation zone plans approved by the state board at its meeting on the date specified. The grant of an exception to a statute means that the school or schools granted the exception may implement the actions as specifically described in their approved innovation zone plan notwithstanding the provisions of this code from which they are specifically excepted. These exceptions are limited to the purposes as specifically described in the plan approved on the date indicated and are expressly repealed for any plan modification or plan implementation which changes those purposes. However, nothing in this section prohibits a school or schools with an approved innovation zone plan from requesting plan modifications, subject to approval of the state board, and if the modifications change the purposes for which an exception to a statute was granted, the state board shall request an exception to achieve the new purposes in the manner provided in section five of this article for requesting exceptions to a statute. If the approved innovation zone plan of a school or schools is withdrawn by the state board, or the innovation zone designation of a school or schools is revoked by the state board, the exception granted to that school or those schools is expressly repealed.
(b) The following exceptions are granted:
(1) Piedmont Elementary School, Kanawha County, is excepted from subsection (3), section fourteen, article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code for the purpose of allowing specialist teachers to take their planning period before and after school totaling one hour, three days per week, and from section eighteen-a, article five of this chapter for the purpose of permitting a number of students in music and physical education classes in excess of the class size limits to provide the time and structure for teams to meet in professional learning communities, which purposes are as more specifically described in the school’s innovation zone plan approved by the state board on January 13, 2010;
(2) Putnam County High Schools Consortium comprised of Buffalo High School, Hurricane High School, Poca High School, Winfield High School and Putnam Career and Technical Center, Putnam County, is excepted from section forty-five, article five of this chapter only to the extent necessary for the purpose of establishing a structured transition program for freshman only one day prior to the beginning of the regular instructional term, and for the purpose of permitting the creation of not more than three hours each month during the school term of structured, regularly scheduled time for all teachers to work in professional learning communities, which purposes are as more specifically described in the schools’ innovation zone plan approved by the state board on January 13, 2010;
(3) Nellis Elementary School, Boone County, is excepted from subsection (a), section two, article five-a of this chapter, for the purpose of expanding the membership of its local school improvement council, which purpose is as more specifically described in the school’s innovation zone plan approved by the state board on January 13, 2010;
(4) Cabell County Secondary School Consortium comprised of Cabell County Career Technical Center, Cabell Midland High School and Huntington High School, Cabell County, is excepted from sections one and one-a, article eight of this chapter for the purpose of raising the compulsory school attendance age to eighteen years old, and from section two-b, article three, chapter eighteen-a of this code for the purpose of providing a customized high quality beginning teacher induction program developed at the county level, which purposes are as more specifically described in the schools’ innovation zone plan approved by the state board on January 13, 2010; and
(5) Clay County Schools is excepted from section fifteen, article five of this chapter for the purpose of allowing persons over the age of twenty-one years to enroll without charge of fees in the Clay County Schools “iREAD” program and upon, successful completion, be awarded a Clay County High School Diploma, which purposes are more specifically described in the Clay County School’s innovation zone plan approved by the state board on January 12, 2011. The grant of this exception does not abrogate the authority of the state board to determine the minimum standards for granting diplomas pursuant to section six, article two of this chapter and does not permit persons over the age of twenty-one who re-enter the public schools to be included in net enrollment for the purposes of funding pursuant to article nine-a of this chapter, except as otherwise provided by law;
(6) Monroe County Schools is excepted from subdivision (3), subsection (a), section one-a, article eight of this chapter for the purpose of allowing the school district to increase the compulsory school attendance age from seventeen years of age to eighteen years of age as part of its county-wide dropout prevention initiative as more specifically described in the Monroe County School’s Local Solutions Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone plan approved by the state board on November 14, 2012; and
(7) Nicholas County Schools is excepted from sections four, eight and eleven, article eight of this chapter only to the extent necessary to permit up to two unexcused absences per semester on regular instructional days to be erased from a student’s attendance record and not used toward the initiation of the attendance enforcement actions as set-forth in those sections, if the student successfully completes the county’s Saturday instruction program operated as part of the county’s county-wide Attendance Recovery dropout prevention initiative as more specifically described in the Nicholas County School’s Local Solutions Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone plan approved by the state board on October 3, 2012.
Note: The purpose of this bill is to grant exceptions from certain compulsory attendance statutes to the Monroe and Nicholas County school systems to implement their respective Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone grant plans.
Strike-throughs indicate existing language that would be removed, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.