(a) The state superintendent shall establish a Special Community Development School Pilot Program to be implemented in a neighborhood of at least five public schools, which shall include at least one elementary and middle school, for the duration of five years. The neighborhood of public schools designated by the state superintendent for the pilot shall have significant enrollments of disadvantaged, minority and underachieving students. The designated neighborhood of public schools under the direction of the county board and county superintendent shall work in collaboration with higher education, community organizations, Center for Professional Development, local community leaders, affected classroom teachers, affected parents and the state board to develop and implement strategies that could be replicated in other public schools with significant enrollments of disadvantaged, minority and underachieving students to improve academic achievement. For purposes of this section "neighborhood" means an area of no more than seven square miles.
(b) Beginning in January, 2014, on or before the first day of
the regular session of the Legislature, and each year thereafter,
the state superintendent, county superintendent for the county in
which the schools are located and lead community-based
organizations shall make a status report to the Legislative
Oversight Commission on Education Accountability and to the state
board. The report may include any recommendations based on the progress of the demonstration project that he or she considers
either necessary for improving the operations of the demonstration
project or prudent for improving student achievement in other
public schools through replication of successful demonstration
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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