Friday, January 23, 2015

The Blackboard

Welcome to the Blackboard!

This is the new place to gain insight on the 2015 House Of Delegates Committee on Education.

Let’s get started with some introductions!

The members of the 2015 House Education Committee are:
Delegate Amanda Pasdon Chair
Delegate Walter Duke Vice-Chair
Delegate David Perry Minority Chair
Delegate Rick Moye Minority Vice-Chair

Don’t worry; we’ll make sure you get to know the committee members over the next few weeks.

Chair’s Corner
Our new leadership hit the ground running; Amanda had a very busy week. Here’s a peak at some of this week’s meetings:

She met with Shiloh Woodard of the WV Child Advocacy Network concerning the implementation of Erin’s Law in West Virginia.  Erin’s Law requires schools to enact child sexual abuse prevention programming. More information about Erin’s Law is available here.

The School Board Association presented recommendations to Amanda on education improvements that begin at the county level. The improvements included polishing up the county board code and refocusing RESA.

She discussed areas of concern, calendar planning and Next Generation Standards with members of the State School Board.

Representatives from regional and state colleges paid her a visit to explore how best to enhance the efficiency, best practices, and budgeting of local higher education institutions.

Amanda has also been having regular meetings with Senator Sypolt, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, in order to discuss joint projects.

Committee Updates
During Wednesday’s committee meeting Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Chief Officer of Career and Technical Education of the West Virginia Department of Education presented to the committee on the success of the student led Simulated Workplace Program. Students are accountable for much of the learning process in the program and instructors are able to exercise flexibility and creativity implementing curriculum. More information on this growing program can be found here.

Before the close of the committee meeting Chairwoman Pasdon announced the formation of a subcommittee to study the Public School Support Program. This program, also known as the School Aid Formula, is the basic foundation allowance program that provides funding to local school districts for all of the following programs:
personnel salaries
employee benefit costs
transportation operation costs
general operating costs
substitute costs
allowances for faculty senates
improvement of instructional programs
increase in technology funding
advanced placement programs

The subcommittee’s assignment is to take an in-depth look at the program in order to provide advanced comprehension during the February 2nd presentation on the topic. The subcommittee is to be comprised of the following members: Delegate Hamrick, Delegate Kelly, Delegate Kurcaba, Delegate Moye, and Delegate Pushkin. Delegate Duke and Delegate Espinosa will serve as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

It looks like the subcommittee is already hard at work!!

A look into next week:
Committee meeting Monday, January 26, 2015 we will be discussing H.B. 2160 and will be hosting guests from the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.


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