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School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options Advisory Committee Meeting August 21, 2014.

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1 School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options Advisory Committee Meeting August 21, 2014

2 Welcome and Introductions 2 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

3 Meeting Overview Welcome and Introductions Meeting Overview, Objectives and Norms Role of the Advisory Committee Community Input and Feedback Station Waivers and Innovation Case Study: Fulton County Schools Questions Transition to Community Input Closing 3 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

4 Meeting Objectives Review Agenda, Minutes and Meeting Protocol Review Team Expectations and Norms Develop understanding of Waivers and Innovation Review Case Study: Fulton County Schools Receive Community Input 4 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

5 Norms (DRAFT) We will assume good intentions. We will have a positive attitude. We will listen actively. We will come prepared for each meeting. We will participate fully in each meeting. We will invite the contributions of every member and listen to each other. We will operate in a collegial and friendly atmosphere. We will make decisions that are in the best interest of students and learning. We will be guided by the Atlanta Public Schools mission statement which is to educate all students through academic excellence, preparing them for success in life, service and leadership. 5 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

6 Advisory Committee External Role Provide Active, Visible and Tangible Support Serve as Program Champion Encourage Engagement and Participation Share Information Neutrally 6 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

7 Community Input & Feedback Station Community input will take place after the meeting During the meeting, anyone can provide input at the computer located in the back of the room or go to the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Operating_Models_ for_School_System_Flexibility_Options_August_14 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Operating_Models_ for_School_System_Flexibility_Options_August_14 We ask that the public honor meeting decorum Applause, commentary, outbursts, jeering, or speech that defames individuals or stymies or blocks meeting progress is not permitted 7 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

8 Waivers and Innovation 8 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

9 Innovation through Flexibility What’s really possible? Presented by Laura Lashley, Esq. Senior Policy Advisor Education Law Group Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Presented by Laura Lashley, Esq. Senior Policy Advisor Education Law Group Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP 9

10 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP What do we really mean by “flexibility”? 10 Basically, “flexibility” refers to the measured amount of freedom earned by districts to operate outside of the educational framework established by the state.

11 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Okay, what do we specifically mean by “flexibility”?  A district or school’s ability to waive, i.e., not observe:  A large amount of Georgia’s education code (located in Title 20);  State Board of Education Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures;  Department of Education Policies and Procedures  Local Board of Education Rules, Policies, and Procedures 11

12 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Audience Poll: So, just how much law are we talking about here? Between pages Over 400 pages Under 100 pages 12 How many textbook-sized pages is Georgia’s Educational Code?

13 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP So, what’s inside those 499 pages? Duties of Actors How to earn/spend your money How to treat children legally Program Mandates 13

14 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP State Board of Education Rules & Regs Prime Waiver Country State Board of Education Rules (Just some examples!) School Day/School Year, Middle School Program Criteria, Class Size, Minimum direct classroom expenditures Personnel Required, Mentor Teacher Program, Salary Schedule Career Education, Values & Character Education, Work-based learning, Textbook Selections 14

15 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP What can’t we waive? Federal LawHealth & SafetyHow we earn funding State mandated testing/accountability Civil Rights Non-educational State laws Conflicts of Interest/insurance Laws related to the concepts themselves Unlawful conduct 15

16 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Audience Poll #2 To Waive or Not to Waive? 1.SBOE Rule entitled “Infectious Diseases” 2.GA Law requiring Local School Advisory Councils at each school 3.No Child Left Behind (federal law) requirement that all teachers must be “highly qualified” 4.The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA— federal) which governs how to treat students with disabilities requiring special education and all related SBOE rules 5.GA law requiring certain student-to-teacher ratios 6.End-of-Course testing 16

17 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP So, what is really possible, then? Customizing a school’s offerings (new arts program, language instruction) Early Release for additional Professional Development Hiring content experts for teachers Waiving Class size to allow for college-style delivery Waiver of seat-time requirements to let kids explore internships, dual enrollment, etc. Non-traditional ELL or Gifted Programs Seat-time requirements to play with pacing of content/material Course credit through content mastery (non- EOCT) BYOD Technology initiatives/hybrid online classes 17

18 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Innovation at Every Level of the District Personnel reform Creative budgeting District-wide initiatives District-level innovations Curricular offerings Interventions geared towards certain issues Operational efficiencies that work for a specific community School-level innovations 18

19 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Put your Innovator Hat on. Imagine you are responsible for suggesting some ideas for how to improve a specific school’s situation. The school, we’ll call it Sorry Central High, has major issues.  Student attendance is low, and student dropout is high—graduation rates are in the 30%s. Very low number of students are attending college or entering workforce after graduation or dropout.  Teacher attendance is low (high number of sick leave days/PLO used each year)  Program funding for all non-essential courses has been cut to put into place large remediation programs that are currently unsuccessful. What are some ideas for the way a Seat Time waiver could help? Class size? Teacher credentialing? School Day/School year? Expenditure controls? 19

20 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP What’s the trick? Coming up with 1)Good Ideas 2) That specifically require a waiver of some law or rule. If you cannot show that the state’s educational framework is holding you back from your idea, then you do not need a Charter System or an IE 2 Model to do it. 20

21 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Flexibility in a Charter System vs. IE 2 Model Charter System Broad flexibility waiver Provide some examples, but not exhaustive list Somewhat a Seat of your pants option IE 2 Model Specifically enumerated waivers Justify each waiver with your plan for using it Must include one of the Big Four: class size, expenditures, salary schedule, teacher certification Very deliberate on front end 21

22 Any questions? Thank you for your attention and participation! 22

23 Case Study: Fulton County Schools 23 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

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40 Questions/Discussion 40 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

41 Community Input 41 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today

42 Closing 42 Atlanta Public SchoolsBuilding Stronger Schools Today


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