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Senate Bill No. 48

(By Senator Facemyer)

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[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18A-4-2b, relating to nationally recognized professional certification of professional personnel; creating the equitable compensation act; and establishing a state minimum salary supplement for professional personnel holding a nationally recognized professional certification.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18A-4-2b, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 4. SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER BENEFITS.
§18A-4-2b. State minimum salary supplement for professional personnel with recognized national certification.

(a) The Legislature finds that achieving a nationally recognized professional certification involves a rigorous process and results in the development of highly trained and capable employees who provide needed services to students. The Legislature further finds that national professional certification is a valuable professional credential for both public and private employment. The purpose of this section is to provide an additional statewide supplement to professional personnel employed in the public schools who hold a nationally recognized professional certification to encourage others to attain a certification and to help school systems to employ and retain professional personnel with these certifications.
(b) This section shall be known as "The Equitable Compensation Act."
(c) In addition to any amounts prescribed in the applicable state minimum salary schedule, every professional employee who holds a nationally recognized board certification in their educational discipline from a nationally accredited board shall be paid annually the same salary bonus on the same basis as is paid to classroom teachers with national board certification as provided in section two-a of this article.
(d) The state board shall promulgate legislative rules pursuant to article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the Equitable Compensation Act. It establishes a state minimum salary supplement for professional personnel holding a nationally recognized professional certification.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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