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2120 - School Improvement

The School Board supports the concept of school improvement as established by the State Board of Education and will seek to create and/or maintain effective schools as defined by Florida statutes. The Board shall annually approve and require implementation of a school improvement plan for each school in the District.

In addition to adopting a mission statement and educational philosophy for the District, the Board shall create, as needed, policies that support the school improvement process.

The Superintendent shall establish administrative procedures that will provide for:

  A. Maintenance of a system of school improvement and educational accountability pursuant to Florida statutes and State Board of Education Administrative Rules

 

  B. School improvement plans which are developed and implemented by school-based teams, working collaboratively, so that both building level and District level goals for students can be identified and correlated, and then achieved through effective planning, problem-solving, and assessment

 

  C. A District-wide school-improvement plan which permits building-level decision-making regarding program assessment, curriculum review, determination of performance standards, budgetary review, staff development, and the monitoring and assessment of student outcomes

 

  D. Collaboration at both the building and District levels with parents, relevant institutions and groups and especially those in the community who can support and facilitate school improvement in the District

 

  E. A System of school reports and dissemination of information regarding the performance of student and educational programs as required for Florida statute and State Board of Education rule.

 

Each school shall create an SIP committee using established procedures.

Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board may approve the submission of any request for waivers from these laws/regulations from the Commissioner of Education:

 

Titles I, II, IV, VI, and Part C of Title VII of the ESEA Act of 1965

   
 

The Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act

   
 

The General Education Provisions Act

   
 

Parts of Education Department General Administrative Regulations

In requesting such waivers, the Superintendent and the Board are to abide by the procedures established by the State Department of Education.

School Advisory Councils for School Improvement and Accountability

During the 1991 session, the Florida Legislature enacted the Florida School Accountability Act. This Florida statute, F.S. 1001.42(16), requires each Board to maintain a system of school improvement and educational accountability as provided by Florida law and State Board of Education rule. The system must include School Improvement Plans (SIPs) and School Advisory Councils (SACs) at each school site. The intent of this Act is to provide for a system of school improvement focusing on student outcomes and to give each school the authority to be responsible for the education of its students through collaboration of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and the business community.

Florida statutes provide that each school advisory council shall be composed of the principal and an appropriately balanced number of teachers, education support employees, students, parents, and other business and community citizens who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school. Having middle school students on advisory councils is optional. High school and technical centers are required to include students on their advisory councils. A majority of members of each council must be persons not employed by the District. A simple majority is defined as 51% of the membership or one-half of the number of members plus one.

The Board shall review the membership composition of each advisory council. School advisory councils for school improvement and accountability will comply with procedures set forth in Florida statutes and Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rules.

Membership

Council members representing teachers, education support employees, students, and parents shall be elected by their respective peer groups at the school in a fair and equitable manner.

Business and other community members shall be appointed annually by the school according to the written procedures for the school advisory councils for school improvement and accountability.

Election of Members

Written procedures for advisory councils shall include the following procedures for elections:

  A. Advance notice of election with a specific election date and an opportunity for write-in nominations will be provided.

 

  B. Ample advance notice will be given for nominations of all interested persons in the following categories before elections are held.

 

    1. Teachers shall be elected by teachers.

 

    2. Education support employees shall be elected by education support employees.

 

    3. Students shall be elected by students.

 

    4. Parents shall be elected by parents.

 

Participation of Members

Written procedures for advisory councils shall include criteria for active participation by members of the council and procedures for replacement of council members who fail to meet these requirements.

School Improvement Plans

  A. School Improvement Plans Approval Process

 

    1. School improvement plans are submitted to the Board for approval. Any District review or revision of the school improvement plan in preparation for presentation to the Board must be done with the collaboration and approval of the school advisory council, faculty, and principal.

 

    2. The Board approves or declines to approve each plan. If all plans are approved, the Superintendent and Board Chair certify to the Commissioner of Education that the plans have been approved for the coming year.

 

    3. If a Board declines to approve a plan, in returning the plan to the school for revision it must state: (a) the elements within the plan it found to be problematic, and (b) recommendations for change which would enable the plan to be approved. The school advisory council, faculty, and principal are to then take the comments of the Board and consider revising and resubmitting the plan based upon the Board's feedback. The Board then approves or disapproves any revision.

 

    4. If the school advisory council, faculty, and principal determine that the Board's suggested changes are not consistent with their goals and/or does not desire to modify the plan, then the council and Board are asked to mutually agree to use a dispute resolution process. The Board is strongly encouraged to involve representatives of all the stakeholders in developing such a dispute resolution rule, and to offer the broadest range of options.

 

    5. The dispute resolution process is implemented in an effort to resolve the conflict. If the conflict is not resolved, then formal notice is given by the Board to the Department of Education that additional assistance will be required. The school may also notify the Department of Education.

 

  B. Conflict/Dispute Resolution Process
    Should the Board decide not to approve a plan, in returning the plan to the school, the Board shall state the elements within the plan found to be problematic and recommend changes. The school advisory council, faculty, and principal shall consider revising and resubmitting the plan based upon the Board's feedback. The Board shall approve or disapprove the school improvement plan. A plan that still does not receive Board approval shall be reviewed by a mediation committee.

 

    1. The mediation committee shall be composed of the school principal, the advisory council chairperson or designated school advisory council member, Board Chair or designated Board member, the Superintendent or designee, and a facilitator to be mutually agreed upon by the committee members.

 

    2. The mediation committee shall work with the school to reach resolution.

 

    3. Upon resolution, the school shall submit the revised school improvement plan to the Board for approval in accordance with State mandated deadlines.

 

    4. Should the Board not approve the school improvement plan after exhausting this process, the Department of Education shall be notified of the need for assistance. The school may also notify the Department of Education.

 

F.S. 1001.42, 1001.452, 1008.345

Revised 4/1/14

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