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Introduced Version House Bill 2157 History

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H. B. 2157


(By Delegates Perry, Browning and Hrutkay)

[Introduced February 10, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on Education then Finance.]





A BILL to amend and reenact §18-9A-21 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing for safe schools through alternative education programs for certain students.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-9A-21 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9A. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT.
§18-9A-21. Funding for alternative education programs.
(a) An appropriation may of at least eight million dollars shall be made to the state department to be distributed to county boards for the operation of alternative education programs established in accordance with this section and policies and procedures adopted by the State Board under section six, article two of this chapter. Provided, That nothing in this section shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature: Provided, however, That ninety percent Two million dollars of any the appropriation which may be is made for the purposes set forth in this section shall be distributed to county boards on the basis of net enrollment and ten percent six million dollars of this appropriation shall be distributed on a competitive basis to county boards for the operation of pilot or innovative alternative education programs. Provided further, That for the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, two thousand, the total appropriation which may be made for the purposes set forth in this section shall be distributed to the county boards on the basis of net enrollment The State Superintendent shall grant county boards awards for pilot or innovative alternative education programs based on the following criteria: (1) Programs that will serve the most students in the alternative program; (2) programs in elementary schools that utilize in-school suspension and requirements that alternative students work their way back into the regular classroom through improved behavior; (3) programs in middle/junior high schools and high schools that provide at least sixteen hours of instruction per week and requirements that students work their way back to the regular classroom through improved behavior; and (4) other criteria specifically related to ensuring safety in regular classrooms and alternative education strategies to help improve student behavior and learning.
(b) Each county board shall apply to the state superintendent for receipt of its share of the distribution in the manner set forth by the State Superintendent which is consistent with the policies and procedures adopted by the State Board for the establishment and maintenance of alternative education programs.


Note: The purpose of this bill is to provide for safe schools by developing alternative education programs for certain students.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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