Legislative Updates

House Bill 206 – Quick Overview of Provisions

Charter Schools – Up to 3 public charter schools until July 1st, 2023. After that an additional 3 public charter schools may be authorized every 3 years. The sole authorizers are the County BOE’s. This allowance for public charter schools will begin 2021-2022.

Wrap Around Services – student support services including counselors, nurses, psychologists, and other support personnel. Over $30 million in additional support monies.

Enrollment Funding – there will be an increase of 10% funding for counties below net enrollment of 1400 students.

Student Transfer – “Open Enrollment” for students to transfer to any county that chooses to accept them. The county that currently has the transfer student no longer has a say in the transfer.

Faculty Senate – Increase allotment for teachers from $200 to $300

Mountaineer Challenge Academy – opportunity & allowance for expansion; specifically a school in the former WVU Tech complex in Montgomery.

Math & Special Education Teachers – certified math teachers meeting a 60% teaching time in that specific area & special education teachers at 100% will receive an additional 3 steps in salary schedule.

Pay Raise – Starting the 2019-2020 school year teachers will receive $2120, and service personnel will receive $115/month

State Aid – will now be in the form of Block Grants. This includes basic foundation and per pupil allowance.

Attendance – Allows for principals to be included in the list of employees who can contact parents or guardians to cover unexcluded absences.

Foundation Allowance – Increase from 70.25% up to 71.25% effective 2019-2020 school year.

LSIC – local school improvement councils may create alternatives for operation of the school. Also allows for waivers of rules & policies upon request.

Student Promotion – teacher’s recommendation on student promotion shall be the primary factor in final determination.

Class Size – language clean-up, but no substantive changes or increases in ratio

Non-Uniformity – allows for differentiation in county BOE’s pay for specific areas of critical need. Allows for extra pay for education level attainment & certification.

RIF-Seniority – shall be based on Seniority, certification, licensure, and performance evaluations.

Personal Leave – increases number of personal days from 3 to 4

Sick Leave Bonus – if a teacher misses 4 days or less they shall receive a bonus of $500

Job Postings – job postings can now be indefinite. BOE’s can continue to post regardless of having qualified applicants

Counselors – changes requirement for 75% to 80% of time that must be spent with students

Scholarships – Underwood-Smith teaching scholarship for critical need areas. Allows for up to $10,000 annually for up to 4 years. There is a requirement to teach in that area for 5 consecutive years. It contains both scholarship & repayment options.

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