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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
  • 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)
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“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
  • 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
  • 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

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

Under contract to BOE, BOC will take responsibility for:

  • Facilities planning
  • Land acquisition and construction
  • Maintenance of schools
  • Custodial/housekeeping
  • Public utilities
benefits
Benefits
  • 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
  • Student achievement among best in state
  • Inter-board conflicts erode public confidence
  • Board conflicts divert attention from issues of learning and teaching
principles1
Principles
  • 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
  • Will be able to focus its time and energy on academic achievement of school system’s students
board of commissioners1
Board of Commissioners
  • Will be able to turn its attention to aligning Wake County’s assets in planning for future school construction and funding
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Both BOE and BOC

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
more must be done
More must be done
  • 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
  • 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.

We must strive to become a GREAT school system.

formula needs

Commitment to per pupil funding

  • 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
  • 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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