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District Planning for School Restructuring Comprehensive Year 4. Presented by: Lee Ann Kwiatkowski Jamie Miller August 6, 2008. Purpose of phone conference. Overview of requirements USDE LEA & School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance Differentiated Accountability Review plan template

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District Planning for School RestructuringComprehensive Year 4

Presented by:

Lee Ann Kwiatkowski

Jamie Miller

August 6, 2008


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Purpose of phone conference

  • Overview of requirements

    • USDE LEA & School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance

    • Differentiated Accountability

  • Review plan template

  • Identification of resources

  • Questions and answers


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What is restructuring?

  • A school that misses its annual achievement targets for five or more years is identified for restructuring

    • The LEA must create the restructuring plan

    • If the school does not make AYP for six years, the LEA must implement the plan


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What is restructuring under Differentiated Accountability?

  • Only schools identified as Comprehensive must Restructure

  • No changes to timeline

    • Planning – Year 4

    • Implementation – Beginning Year 5

  • “Other Alternative Governance” Eliminated as Restructuring Option

  • Districts with Schools in Year 8 (Comprehensive) must submit and publicly defend Restructuring Plan to IDOE


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Restructuring Options

Replace principal if leader has remained the same during sustained failure to make AYP and replace all staff responsible for failure to make AYP

Close the school

Reopen school as a charter school

Contract with a private management company with demonstrated effectiveness to run the school

Note: The “other” category of restructuring is eliminated.


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What is the timeline?

  • Restructuring is a two-step process- planning and implementing

    • March 2008- AYP released

    • July 2008 – Differentiated Accountability approved

    • School year 2008-2009 - planning for restructuring

    • June 1, 2009- restructuring plans are due to IDOE

    • Summer 2009- begin implementing the plan


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What are the notification requirements?

  • The LEA must-

    • Provide both parents and teachers notification

    • Provide both groups opportunities to comment before any restructuring action is taken

    • Invite teachers and parents to participate in the development of the school’s restructuring plan 1116(b)(8)(C)


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What other actions must the LEA take?

  • Continue to offer School Choice

  • Continue to offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

  • Continue to implement school improvement plan, including all requirements under Differentiated Accountability


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What other actions must the LEA take? continued

  • The LEA must provide parents and teachers an opportunity to comment before the LEA develops the restructuring plan or takes restructuring actions. Parents and teachers must also be provided with the opportunity to participate in the development of the plan.

    • The LEA must be transparent about the student achievement and overall condition of the school.


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What are the alternative governance options?

  • Reopen the school as a public charter school;

  • Replace principal if leader has remained the same during sustained failure to make AYP and replace all staff responsible for failure to make AYP;

  • Enter into a contract with an entity, such as a private management company, with a demonstrated record of effectiveness, to operate the school as a public school; or

  • Close the school.


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RESOURCES

  • U.S. Department of Education LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance: July 21, 2006 http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/schoolimprovementguid.doc

  • Indiana Department of Education

    • Office of Title I Academic Support

      • Restructuring Plan Overview and Template


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RESOURCES

  • Center on Innovation and Improvement http://www.centerii.org/handbook/

  • Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement http://www.centerforcsri.org/files/RestructuringGuide.pdf


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RESTRUCTURING PLAN TEMPLATE

  • Required pages

    • District and school information

    • Approval/Signatures

    • Certification of consultation

    • Form A: Proposed restructuring options

    • Complete the appropriate pages for the restructuring option(s) selected

      • 12-13

      • 14-15

      • 16

      • 17


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RESTRUCTURING PLAN TEMPLATE

  • Optional pages

    • School demographics and characteristics

    • Analysis of the school’s program

    • Resource reallocation

    • Process for analysis of the school’s program


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Option 1: Reopen as a charter school

  • Indicate this option is being selected.

  • Contact the Office of Student Learning Choices


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Option 2: Replace Staff

  • Indicate option is being selected and complete pages.

    • Staff recruitment, selection, and support

    • Administrative/Instructional leadership

    • List of staff changes


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Option 3: Enter into a Contract with an Education Management Organization

Indicate option is being selected and provide the following:

  • A description of the district’s selection and procurement process for contracting with an Education Management Organization (EMO);

  • A copy of the agreement between the public school district and the EMO, including responsibilities, timelines, procedures for progress monitoring and conditions for termination of the agreement;

  • A description of changes to be implemented by the EMO at the restructured school.


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Option 4: Close the school Management Organization

  • Indicate effective date of school closure


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Optional Pages Management Organization

  • Analysis of the school’s program

  • Examining resource reallocation


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Frequently Asked Questions Management Organization


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What about collective bargaining agreements? Management Organization

  • Section 1116(d) provides that none of the provisions for school improvement for failure to make AYP may reduce the rights or remedies of employees under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

  • The provision must be implemented in concert with the purpose of Title I.


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How do Title I and collective bargaining work together? Management Organization

  • An LEA that accepts funds under Title I must comply with statutory requirements, notwithstanding any terms or conditions of its collective bargaining agreements.

  • Although section 1116(d) does not invalidate employee protection that exit under collective bargaining, it does not exempt SEAs, LEAs or schools from compliance from Title I, Part A.


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How do Title I and collective bargaining work together? Management Organization

  • State and LEA authorities need to ensure that changes in State and local laws are consistent with Title I requirements and that any changes to collective bargaining agreements or new agreements are also consistent with Title I.


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Does the State have an approved list of Education Management Organizations (EMO’s) for Option 3?

  • If selecting Option 3, it is the district’s responsibility to contract with an EMO that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness.

  • The following list are examples only of EMO’s. This list does not constitute an endorsement by IDOE.

    • Edison Schools

    • Foundations, Inc.

    • Universal Companies

    • Victory Schools

    • Mosaica Education


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How is closing the school different from closing the school and re-opening as a charter school?

  • Option 4 – Closing the school means that the school closes and students are transferred to other existing public schools within the district

  • Option 1 – Close and re-open as a public school means that the school closes but is restructured as a charter school


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What is the definition of a new school? and re-opening as a charter school?

  • A school will be considered a "new" school for accountability purposes if it meets the following threshold criteria:(1) a change of at least 50 percent of the student population from the previous year; or(2) a change in grade configuration that involves at least 50 percent of the former grade levels, either by elimination or addition;accompanied by significant change in educational philosophy or staffing.


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What has taken place in Indiana? and re-opening as a charter school?

  • Schools have closed

  • Schools have been reconfigured (7-8 has changed to K-6)

  • Boys and Girls academies have been designed

  • Principals have changed

  • Mentor principals have been hired

  • Strategies have changed (e.g. project based learning)

  • Alternative Governance Committees have been established

  • District personnel have been assigned half days to the school

  • The school day and school year have been extended

  • Staff sign a form to agree to stay in the school for a specified time period

  • Principal and staff have been replaced


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Next Steps and re-opening as a charter school?

  • District provides notification of the restructuring status of schools to teachers and parents of each student enrolled in an identified school before the start of the 2008-2009 school year.

  • District conducts comprehensive data and causal analyses of reasons for low student achievement in identified school(s).

  • District makes determination of the appropriate restructuring option(s) for each identified school and develops draft of restructuring plan for each school.


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Contacts and re-opening as a charter school?

  • 877-418-7240 or 317-232-0540

  • [email protected]

  • [email protected]

http://www.doe.state.in.us/TitleI/welcome.html


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