Charleston, WV - Today, Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) announced his intention to introduce legislation to expand the Special Community Development School Pilot Program.
The Special Community Development School Pilot Program was created by the Legislature in 2010 and revised in 2013 but was never fully realized. The bill will allow up to three (3) public elementary schools to develop and execute comprehensive education reform specific to their community needs.
“The concept of this Pilot Program allows flexibility and local control while focusing on areas of need so that we can close the achievement gap,” Delegate Pushkin explained. He continued, “Proponents of charter schools claim that charter schools level the playing field for areas with disadvantaged, underachieving and minority students; however, this bill achieves that without funneling taxpayer dollars into corporate schools. It also keeps certified teachers in the classroom and treats the profession with the respect it deserves.”