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Supporting Our Students. Presentation to the Wake County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education April 16, 2008. “Good is the enemy of best, and best is the enemy of better.” Milliken Research Center. America is losing ground. 25-34 year olds with bachelor’s degree

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Supporting our students

Supporting Our Students

Presentation to the Wake County

Board of Commissioners and

Board of Education

April 16, 2008


Good is the enemy of best and best is the enemy of better milliken research center
“Good is the enemy of best, and best is the enemy of better.” Milliken Research Center


America is losing ground
America is losing ground better.”

  • 25-34 year olds with bachelor’s degree

    • 1998 – U.S. ranked first

    • 2005 – U.S. ranked seventh

  • 2000 – 2005, U.S. only country with no increase in postsecondary graduation rate

  • High school graduation rate

    • U.S. once was the best

    • U.S. now 20th (out of 26)


“A country’s ability to compete in an ever more integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Economic Survey of the United States, 2007


Principles
Principles integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Strengthen commitment to measurably improve student achievement

  • Focus on student performance for all students

  • Commit to close the achievement gaps

  • Align responsibility and accountability for issues of growth


Boc boe interlocal agreement
BOC-BOE Interlocal Agreement integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Establish multi-year funding formula for annual county appropriation, which:

    • Provides for appropriate per pupil funding

    • Implements 2007 curriculum audit strategies for measurable improvements to close all achievement gaps between current and potential performance


Board of education
Board of Education integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

Will retain authority and responsibility for:

  • School programming (including school calendar)

  • Geographic designation of school sites (“the circles”)

  • Student assignment

    * All employees impacted by any agreement will be held harmless.


Board of commissioners
Board of Commissioners integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

Under contract to BOE, BOC will take responsibility for:

  • Facilities planning

  • Land acquisition and construction

  • Maintenance of schools

  • Custodial/housekeeping

  • Public utilities


Benefits
Benefits integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Measurable improvement in student achievement through increased investment of time and money

  • Predictability and better planning with multi-year funding agreement by formula

  • Clear line of accountability for the taxpayer for planning, construction and maintenance

  • Increased confidence in both boards


Wake county public school system
Wake County Public School System integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Student achievement among best in state

  • Inter-board conflicts erode public confidence

  • Board conflicts divert attention from issues of learning and teaching


Principles1
Principles integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Strengthen community commitment to significantly improve student achievement

  • Focus on student performance for all students

  • Commit to close the achievement gaps

  • Align responsibility and accountability for issues of growth


Board of education1
Board of Education integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Will be able to focus its time and energy on academic achievement of school system’s students


Board of commissioners1
Board of Commissioners integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • Will be able to turn its attention to aligning Wake County’s assets in planning for future school construction and funding


Both BOE and BOC integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

Community

  • Will demonstrate expanded and strengthened commitment to creating best public school system in America

  • Will provide greater support for continued excellence in public schools


Comparison with peer districts
Comparison with Peer Districts integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”


More must be done
More must be done integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • N.C. at low end of money spent on education

  • Money makes a difference

  • N.C. test scores rank around national average

  • WCPSS is a nationally recognized leader, with high scores and other academic achievements with below-average funding


More must be done1
More must be done integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

  • To bring N.C. up to national average for monies spent, additional $2 billion needed

  • To bring WCPSS up to national average, additional $222 million needed

Source:

Carlson, Kelsey. “Are North Carolina Schools on a Shoestring Budget?”

WRAL. 01 Apr 2008. www.wral.com/news/local/story/2664252


Being a good school system isn t good enough anymore
Being a good school system isn’t good enough anymore. integrated world economy depends on a highly educated workforce.”

We must strive to become a GREAT school system.



No tax increase
NO TAX INCREASE schools.




Tax increase to grow and increase achievement
TAX INCREASE - schools.to grow and increase achievement


Formula needs

  • Future funding tied to county revenue growth

  • Variables to be negotiated

Formula Needs

  • Length of agreement: 5-7 years

  • Beginning point: 2008/09 appropriation

  • BOE to develop appropriate accountability metrics for improving student achievement



Process
Process schools.

  • Boards meet independently to consider implications of presentation

  • BOE decides whether or not there is a funding scenario that works for them

  • If a scenario can be developed, BOE presents its proposal to the BOC

  • BOC considers BOE proposal and responds

  • Boards negotiate details of Interlocal Agreement


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