H. B. 2094

(By Delegate Browning)
[Introduced January 20, 1995; referred to the
Committee on Education.]

A BILL to amend and reenact section fifteen, article five, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to providing that students who are expelled from school, whether such school is in state or out of state, cannot re-enroll without approval of the superintendent of the county where the student seeks enrollment.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section fifteen, article five, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:


§18-5-15. School term; exception; levies; ages of persons to whom schools are open.

(a) The board shall provide a school term for its schools which shall be comprised of: (1) An employment term for teachers; and (2) an instructional term for pupils. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the establishment of year-round schools in accordance with rules to be established by the state board.
The employment term for teachers shall be no less than ten months, a month to be defined as twenty employment days exclusive of Saturdays and Sundays: Provided, That the board may contract with all or part of the personnel for a longer term. The employment term shall be fixed within such beginning and closing dates as established by the state board: Provided, however, That the time between the beginning and closing dates does not exceed forty-three weeks.
Within the employment term there shall be an instructional term for pupils of not less than one hundred eighty nor more than one hundred eighty-five instructional days: Provided, That the minimum instructional term may be decreased, by order of the state superintendent of schools, in any West Virginia county declared to be a federal disaster area by the federal emergency management agency. Instructional and noninstructional activities may be scheduled during the same employment day. Noninstructional interruptions to the instructional day shall be minimized to allow the classroom teacher to teach. The instructional term shall commence no earlier than the twenty-sixth day of August and shall terminate no later than the eighth day of June: Provided, however, That the state board of education shall evaluate data which shall be submitted by each county by the first of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-four, regarding the climate control conditions, such as air conditioning and related information at each school in the county, and how these conditions impact on the instructional term.
The criterion referenced test mandated in section two, article two-e of this chapter shall not be required to be given during school year one thousand nine hundred ninety-three -- ninety-four.
Noninstructional days in the employment term may be used for making up canceled instructional days, curriculum development, preparation for opening and closing of the instructional term, in-service and professional training of teachers, teacher-pupil-parent conferences, professional meetings and other related activities. In addition, each board shall designate and schedule for teachers and service personnel six days to be used by the employee outside the school environment. However, no more than eight noninstructional days, except holidays, may be scheduled prior to the first day of January in a school term.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law to the contrary, if the board has canceled instructional days equal to the difference between the total instructional days scheduled and one hundred seventy-eight, each succeeding instructional day canceled shall be rescheduled, utilizing only the remaining noninstructional days, except holidays, following such cancellation, which are available prior to the second day before the end of the employment term established by such county board.
Where the employment term overlaps a teacher's or service personnel's participation in a summer institute or institution of higher education for the purpose of advancement or professional growth, the teacher or service personnel may substitute, with the approval of the county superintendent, such participation for not more than five of the noninstructional days of the employment term.
The board may extend the instructional term beyond one hundred eighty-five instructional days provided the employment term is extended an equal number of days. If the state revenues and regular levies, as provided by law, are insufficient to enable the board of education to provide for the school term, the board may at any general or special election, if petitioned by at least five percent of the qualified voters in the district, submit the question of additional levies to the voters. If at the election a majority of the qualified voters cast their ballots in favor of the additional levy, the board shall fix the term and lay a levy necessary to pay the cost of the additional term. The additional levy fixed by the election shall not continue longer than five years without submission to the voters. The additional rate shall not exceed by more than one hundred percent the maximum school rate prescribed by article eight, chapter eleven of the code, as amended.
(b) The public schools shall be open for the full instructional term to all persons who have attained the entrance age as stated in section five, article two and section eighteen, article five, chapter eighteen of this code: Provided, That any student suspended or expelled from public or private school, whether such school is located in this state or outside this state, shall only be permitted to enroll in public school upon the approval of the superintendent of the county where the student seeks enrollment: Provided, however, That in making such decision, the principal of the school in which the student may enroll shall be consulted by the superintendent and the principal may make a recommendation to the superintendent concerning the student's enrollment in his or her new school: Provided further, That if enrollment to public school is denied by the superintendent, the student may petition the board of education where the student seeks enrollment.
Persons over the age of twenty-one may enter only those programs or classes authorized by the state board of education and deemed appropriate by the county board of education conducting any such program or class: Provided, That authorization for such programs or classes shall in no way serve to affect or eliminate programs or classes offered by county boards of education at the adult level for which fees are charged to support such programs or classes.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that a student expelled from school cannot re-enroll in another school in this state without the approval of the superintendent of the county wherein such student is attempting to re-enroll, regardless of whether the expulsion occurred in state or out of state.

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