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Legislative Update #3 (Feb. 2, 2024)

Legislative Update

Week Three


The West Virginia Department of Education presented the results of a survey taken by 2,222 teachers in November of this school year. The key findings were student behavior, compensation and benefits, and teacher burnout. These findings reinforce the results from WVEA’s member survey that President Dale Lee presented last week. Additionally, President Dale Lee will present the WVEA member survey results next week to the House Education Committee.

Five education-related bills passed in the House. Those include:

  • HB 4776, relating to adding elementary schools into school disciplinary measures. The bill adds elementary schools to the discipline bill that passed last session. Bill Status: The bill passed 92-4 with 4 absent on January 31 and now heads to the Senate Education Committee.

  • The Committee Substitute for HB 4830, addressing the professional development of teachers. This bill would amend annual required professional development such as suicide prevention from annual to every three years. Bill Status: The bill passed 96-0 with 4 absent on January 31 and goes to the Senate Education Committee.

  • HB 4832, relating to state superintendent’s reports regarding the finances of school districts. The bill requires an annual report of all county systems financial reports to be given to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability (LOCEA). Bill Status: The bill passed 96-0 with 4 absent on January 31 and now heads to the Senate Education Committee.

  • HB 4838, requiring county boards of education to provide long-term substitute teachers, upon hiring, with certain information. This gives long-term substitutes access to 504 plans and IEPs. Bill Status: The bill passed 96-0 with 4 absent on January 31 and goes to the Senate Education Committee.

  • HB 4860, providing that a general education teacher may not be responsible for accommodation logs. This bill states a general education teacher shall not be required to keep a daily accommodation log but must provide evidence of one accommodation each grading period. Bill Status: The bill passed with a vote of 90-7 with 3 absent on January 30 and will head to the Senate Education Committee.

Two education-related bills passed by the Senate include:

  • SB 189, providing for substantial deference to state school superintendent’s interpretations of school law. This substantial deference would apply to both the Public Employees Grievance Board and County Boards of Education. Bill Status: The bill passed with a Senate vote of 30-2 with 2 absent on January 30 and now heads to the House Education Committee.

  • SB 487, requiring periodic review of professional development for teachers and education staff. Bill Status: The bill passed with a Senate vote of 33-0 with 1 absent on January 31 and goes to the House Education Committee.

Yesterday, the House Education Committee passed HB 5262, the teacher’s bill of rights. However, the WVEA is working with House Education Leadership to improve the bill as it gets reported to the floor.

Now is the time to share your stories about discipline and disruptive student issues in the classroom. Contact your legislators today to let them know!

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