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There is new information related to the Leandro report this week. A huge thank you to Public Schools First NC and their newsletter for their excellent summary:
Judge David Lee issued a consent order this week. He is requiring the State of NC and the State Board of Education to develop a plan of action within 60 days. Included were seven components that any plan of action must include. These are:
A system of teacher development and recruitment that ensures each classroom is staffed with a high-quality teacher who is supported with early and ongoing professional learning and provided competitive pay.
A system of principal development and recruitment that ensures each school is led by a high-quality principal who is supported with early and ongoing professional learning and provided competitive pay.
A finance system that provides adequate, equitable, and predictable funding to school districts and, importantly, adequate resources to address the needs of all North Carolina schools and students, especially at-risk-students as defined by the Leandro decisions.
An assessment and accountability system that reliably assess multiple measures of student performance against the Leandro standard and provides accountability consistent with the Leandro standard.
An assistance and turnaround function that provides necessary support to low-performing schools and districts.
A system of early education that provides access to high-quality pre-kindergarten and other early childhood learning opportunities to ensure that all students at-risk of educational failure, regardless of where they live in the State, enter kindergarten on track for school success.
An alignment of high school to postsecondary and career expectations, as well as the provision of early postsecondary and workforce learning opportunities, to ensure student readiness to all students in the state.
Read more about the order here.
On Thursday, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education adopted its final report. Early childhood education, improving teacher pay, expanding the NC Teaching Fellows and changing the system of giving schools an A through F grade based on their performance were some priorities mentioned.
The Commission also mirrored the WestEd report in finding that state education funding is inadequate. Phase I Actions from West Ed and Initial Priorities can be found here.
Read more details about this important story here.
Catch up on the basics with our NEW Leandro fact sheet and find more information on our website .
You can read and subscribe to Public Schools First NC's newsletters here.
In addition, you can refer back to SNCB's previous Leandro post here.
I will be anxiously awaiting the plan of action that the State of NC and the State Board of Education come up with in the next 60 days. Also, I hope to see many of the priorities laid out by the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education in the plan of action. Stay tuned.
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