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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 49 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 49

(By Senators Helmick, McCabe, Bowman, Chafin, Edgell,

D. Facemire, Fanning, Green, Plymale, Prezioso, White,

Unger, Wells, Boley, K. Facemyer, Guills and Sypolt)


[Originating in the Committee on Finance]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the various benefits of authorizing the establishment of charter schools.

Whereas, Charter schools are publicly funded elementary, middle grade or high schools that are exempt from many of the laws and regulations applicable to traditional public schools; and
Whereas, The first charter school law was passed in Minnesota in 1991; and
Whereas, Thirteen of the 16 Southern Regional Education Board states authorize charter schools, with only Alabama, Kentucky and West Virginia not allowing charter schools; and
Whereas, According to a policy alert published by the Center for Education Reform in February, 2007, only 10 states nationally do not allow charter schools; and
Whereas, Laws that grant charter schools maximum autonomy and provide multiple sponsoring entities are referred to as strong and legislation that grants charter schools less autonomy and a more limited number of sponsoring entities is referred to as weak; and
Whereas, During the fall of 2008, there were more than 4,500 charter schools serving more than 1.3 million students in the U. S.; and
Whereas, Charter schools can enhance the quality of other public schools, both through competition and through the replication of successful practices in other public schools; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the various benefits of authorizing the establishment of charter schools; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, 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 to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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