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Parent Leadership Summit April 28, 2014
Parents United A Minnesota born, parent-led organization that exists to unite those who value public education, and help them be strong advocates for excellence in our public schools.
Parents United’s agenda Our agenda is simple: Parents United is a translator of complex terms and policy implications and a navigator for a legislative process often oblique to the public.
Education is a constitutional mandate Minnesota Constitution, Article 13, Section 1 …it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform system of public schools. The legislature shall make such provisions by taxation or otherwise as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state.
The Evolution of Federal Involvement in education 50’s Integration 60’s ESEA 70’s Special education 90’s School Improvement
1983 A Nation at Risk The Report recommended Stronger high school graduation requirements Higher standards for academic and student conduct More time devoted to instruction and homework Higher standards for entry into the teaching profession Better salaries for teachers
There is no mention of… Accountability More testing Educator evaluations based on test scores Competition Grading schools A-F Vouchers, tax credits and scholarship programs to deal with challenged students Changing Governance Parent trigger laws Expansions of education management organizations
The Decade of NCLB Mandated each state develop – Academic Standards – Assessments Mandated state accountability systems Required supplemental service providers Defined remedies for students in schools not meeting AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
Greater focus on State Academic Standards
Minnesota Academic standards Pre- and Post- NCLB – Standards Profile of Learning – Process-based standards – Begun in 80’s – Hands-on assessments – Graduation Requirements Seat time Basic Skills Test – Standards New Academic Standards – Content-based – MDE developed and legislated – Pen and paper assessments – Graduation Requirements State standards testing GRAD
Current Minnesota Standards and Assessments Process and content Review and Revise cycle Common Core Language Arts Graduation Requirement – Standardized testing grades 3 and up – Completion of standards imbedded in coursework – Completion of Suite of Assessments (ACT/SAT/Accuplacer/Military exam)
Greater focus on school choice Open enrollment Home school PSEO State-approved alternative programs Charter schools Online learning
Legislation on choice Selection of Charter Authorizers Oversight of authorizers, home school providers and charter board training Perennial discussion on expansion of funding – Vouchers – Tax credits
Greater focus on “state accountability systems”
Purpose of testing Diagnostic? Provide a summative evaluation of student or school performance? Measure student proficiency or growth?
A moment on “value add”
So what do you value more proficiency or growth? And what do you incent?
Purpose of MN NCLB waiver NCLB No child Left Behind Lake Wobegon Elementary Proficiencyhow many Graduation ratehow many MMR Multiple Measurement Rating Lake Wobegon Elementary Proficiencyhow many Graduation ratehow many Growthwho and are they on track Achievement Gaphow fast
Greater focus on Teachers Compensation Training Licensing Evaluation
On teacher compensation QComp to ATTPS bonus vs. professional learning opportunities Current: QComp districts in better position to implement comprehensive teacher evaluation; state trying to play funding catch up
On teacher training Jurisdiction over higher education Role of Board of Teaching Bush Foundation’s influence
On teacher licensure Minnesota Teacher Licensure Task force Praxis conversion to Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) Current: in Limbo
On teacher evaluation Staffing flexibilityMentorship
Current: Teacher evaluation First time in statute every continuing contract teacher formally evaluated once in 3 years State developed well-crafted default evaluation system to be used unless a local has its own 35% of evals need to be dependent on “student performance” Piloting
Greater Focus on Early Learning Universality to targeted Philosophy meets resource Reality hits home Meanwhile……”3 to grade 3” takes hold
Greater focus on school funding The purpose of school funding and who should pay
Minnesota Supreme Court, Skeen v. State of Minnesota, August 20, 1993 …education is a fundamental right in Minnesota. …our decision …requires the state to provide enough funds to ensure that each student receives an adequate education and that funds are distributed in a uniform manner… …the determination of education finance policy, in the absence of glaring disparities, must be a legislative decision Legal Requirements
Education Funding Principles What is the State’s Role? Ensure that the education funding system: Provides stable, predictable and sustainable revenues over time; Allocates resources through understandable statewide formulas that are rationally related to educational need Provides incentives and flexibility for local districts to increase achievement for all and close achievement gaps 32
Education Funding Principles What is the State’s Role? Adequacy and Equity for Students: Ensure that all local districts have the resources needed to provide an adequate basic education for all students, regardless of geographic location: – Basic formula covers the cost of providing an adequate basic education for students without special needs. – Additional funding for excess costs: high-need students unique district characteristics 33
Tax Reform in the 90’s State policies reforming property tax Lowered taxes on commercial property Agricultural and recreational land removed from the equation for school taxes The 2001 General Education Buy Down The state picked up school costs once paid by local property taxes Passed half of the legislation — the liability was accepted, without a stated revenue stream to support it.
Minnesota school districts respond 1990 47% of school districts in the state of Minnesota had levies in place By 2012 that number rose to 90%
Structural change still needed Instead of reinstating a general education levy a higher income tax on top earners was passed
Change in Pupil Weighting or How $5,382 + $80 becomes $5,806 Until 2015 Pupil units: Kindergartners =.612 Grades 1-3 = 1.115 Grades 4-6 = 1.06 Grades 7-12 = 1.3 Per pupil formula $5,382 2015 and beyond Pupil units: K -6 = 1.00 Grades 7-12 = 1.2 Per pupil formula $5,806
Focus on school climate Safe and Supportive Schools Act LEAP English Language Learners as assets
Focus on State Structure Worlds Best Workforce Regional Centers of Excellence: – Rochester – St. Cloud – Mt. Iron – Fergus Falls – Marshall – Thief River Fall
From initiatives to systems work World’s Best Workforce Statute Centers of Excellence to network great ideas Diagnostic State accountability system Funding School climate Meaningful tests Bilingualism as valued Instructional improvement
Will learning be different?
State provides Broad Expectations A lion’s share of resources Suite of Assessments MMR High standards for teachers/principals Data analysis of growth and trajectory Facilitation of “what works” in like districts
State sets expectations All students ready for K All third graders reading at grade-level Close all academic achievement gaps Graduate all students from high school Have all high school graduates career and college ready
District provides An E-12 approach A plan developed in consultation with public Review of results Review of funds used for plan
What hasn’t been done Class size Arts in education Greater equity in policy and funding More instructional time Opportunities for each students along the spectrum—transitional work Universal early learning
On the horizon Common Core Standards 2016 elections National Opt Out movement School to prison pipeline revolution Differentiated learning in a centralized system
“The common core has drawn criticism from both the political left and right, though much of it seems aimed not so much at what the standards say, but rather who drove their adoption or the tests and accountability policies connected with them.” Education Week
“Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us” Jerry Garcia www.parentsunited.org
Remember Information is the currency of democracy
Who pays for that information matters! Funding for Parents United 30% fee for service and grants for civic engagement 70% individuals
The Next Iteration? “We carry them, then they carry us. It’s a pretty simple equation.”
Rep. Kathy Brynaert Thank you for a lifetime of Distinguished Leadership in Education