Senate Bills 632 and 238

Senate Bill 632 provides for surveillance cameras to be placed in special education classroom under very specific criteria. The request must be made from a parent or guardian of a student in the classroom, an educator or aide working in the classroom, or a member of the school or district administration. This bill was the direct results of an incident of abuse caught on an audio recording made by a parent of a special needs student in the eastern panhandle of the state. The text of the bill can be found here: Senate Bill 632.

Senate Bill 238 requires that all buses purchased by county boards of education have front and rear facing cameras installed to them beginning July 1, 2019. It also raises the penalty for drivers who pass buses illegally to provide more of a deterrent for them. The text of the bill can be found here: Senate Bill 238.

Both of these bills were passed and signed into law by Gov. Justice at the conclusion of the legislative session.

What do you think about these two bills? Will they make a difference in helping to best educate our students? Will they help further to goals of our educational system to provide a safe, secure environment for our students? Use the #SenateBill632#SenateBill238, and #WVEDTalk to share your thoughts.