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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 157

(By Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Barill, Campbell, Fragale, Lawrence, Perry, Pethtel, Tomblin, Walker, Westfall, Williams, Young, Pasdon, Ambler, Butler, Cooper, Espinosa, Evans, Hamrick, Rowan and Sumner)

 

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

 

(April 11, 2013)

 

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on restoring the authority, flexibility, and capacity of schools and school systems to improve student learning to meet or exceed the expectations established by the state board and Legislature.

    Whereas, Among the major issues raised by the Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System conducted by Public Works, LLC, is a description of West Virginia’s system of schools as heavily regulated; and

    Whereas, Among the general conclusions of the Audit is the need to drive more educational decision-making down to the level closest to the students, to the classroom and building level - allowing principals to lead and teachers to deliver the most effective curriculum for their students - and then holding them accountable for student success; and

    Whereas, The Audit reviewed many areas of operational efficiency in the education system including overall organization, administration and management; design and delivery of programs and services and oversight of each program; facilities; delivery of educational services; purchasing; food services and child nutrition; transportation; human resources; and information technology, and made recommendations that represent savings of just over $18.1 million in Year One and $115.7 million over five years that could be reinvested in improving education; and

    Whereas, The Legislature should continue to review the effects of its statutes on the authority, flexibility, and capacity of schools and school systems to improve student learning, as well as the policies and practices in place within the school system that impede efficiency; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on restoring the authority, flexibility, and capacity of schools and school systems to improve student learning to meet or exceed the expectations established by the state board and Legislature; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the study should include at least the following:

    (A) Areas that should be addressed to enhance the authority, flexibility and capacity of local school systems and schools to meet the state’s educational objectives for student achievement through local level policy, planning and practices that are the most appropriate for their students, families, employers and community given the characteristics of their districts;

    (B) The performance and progress of students on the state summative assessment, other state mandated assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, including ten-year trend data, and the amount of instructional time consumed by state mandated assessments; and

    (C) The results of efforts to improve the operational efficiency of West Virginia’s public elementary and secondary school system; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is requested to report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and draft necessary legislation are requested to be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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