The Legislature finds:
(1) That high-quality professional development is critical in supporting improved practice, assuring teacher quality and raising student achievement;
(2) That professional development is vital in the state's overall school improvement efforts;
(3) That the state board should assure the efficient delivery of high-quality professional development programs and assure that duplication of efforts be minimized and that all stakeholders are appropriately involved in the planning and implementing of programs to meet requisite needs and that high-quality professional development programs be provided to public school educators of West Virginia in the most efficient and cost effective manner; and
(4) It should be the goal that professional development occur outside of scheduled instructional time so student learning is not interrupted by the absence of their classroom teacher.