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AALF 2012 Legislative Agenda

AALF 2012 Legislative Agenda

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2012 Legislative agenda for the African American Leadership Forum's Education Workgroup
2012 Legislative agenda for the African American Leadership Forum's Education Workgroup

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AALFEducationWorkgroup2012LegislativeAgenda
 
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 AALF2012LegislativePriorities
AnAALFEducationPolicyFramework
LONG-TERMSTRATEGICORGANIZATIONALGOAL
TheAALFEducationWorkgroup’smissionistoclosetheachievementgapbetweenAfricanAmericanandallchildrenfrombirth-12thgradeintheTwinCitiesmetroarea.
OPERATIONALSTRATEGIESTOACHIEVEGOAL
Toachievethisgoal,we….
 
Conveneeducationpractitioners,advocates,andallies
 
Collaboratewithkeylocalandstateleveleducationinfluencers
 
Championpoliciesandpromisingpracticesthatendtheracialpredictabilityofstudentachievement
POLICYINITIATIVESTOACHIEVEGOALS
1.
 
Increaseparentoptionsandempowermentwithinpubliceducation.2.
 
Increaseaccesstohigh-qualityearlychildhoodeducationforeveryAfricanAmericanchild.3.
 
Increasefamilytrainingandsupportontheimportanceofearlychildhoodeducation.4.
 
Increasefocusandsupportontheimportanceofchildren’seducationexperienceinandoutsideoftheclassroom.5.
 
Establishtrainingforteachersandadministratorstoincreaseefficiencyandeffectivenessoftimespentintheclassroom.6.
 
Createopportunitiesforafterschool,weekend&summerschoolsaswellastheexpansionofschooldayhoursandcalendarschoolyeardays.7.
 
Developastatewideteachereffectivenessevaluation&ratingsystem.8.
 
Placethebestteachersintheschoolsinwhichtheyaremostneeded.9.
 
DevelopalternativepathwaystoeducatorlicensurethatintroducehighperforminganddiverseteachersintoMinnesotaclassrooms.10.
 
Greateraccountabilityandautonomyforschoolprincipals;empowerthemtochoosetheirteachersandholdthemaccountableforresults.
 
 
AALFEducationWorkgroup2012LegislativeAgenda
 
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 AALF2012LegislativePriorities
EducationalInnovation
MinnesotaSchoolsandDistrictsInnovationActof2012TheMinnesotaSchoolsandInnovationActproposesabipartisanapproachtocreatingconditionsthatenableinnovation,collaboration,andimprovedoutcomesforchildren.Itseekstoreplaceexcusesandlowexpectationswithflexibilityandaccountabilityforresults.TheMSDIAestablishesastatewideplatformforparents,schoolstaff,andcommunitymemberstoeffectchangeforchildren.Itwasdevelopedasastatewidestrategytoimprovestudentoutcomesbyprovidinggreaterflexibilityatlocallevels.TheActencouragedtheuseofinnovativepracticestoimproveuseoftime,curriculum,staffing,andbudgetinordertocreatenewschools.District-CharterCollaboration
 
EncourageMinnesotaschooldistrictstocollaboratewithhigh-qualitycharterschools,especiallythosethathavesuccessfullyclosedtheachievementgap.
 
Incentivizeschooldistrictstosharefacilities,assistwithlending,andopendistrictextracurricularactivitiestocharterschoolstudents.
 
Allowschooldistrictscouldclaimstudentachievementresultsfromthecharterschoolstheycollaboratewith.
InstructionalQuality
Increasedteacherlicensureflexibility
 
Createbroadallowancesthatprovidereciprocityforhigh-qualityteachersfromotherstates,andforTeachForAmericaalumni.End“lastin,firstout”(LIFO)
 
Allowschooldistrictstouseteachereffectivenessasacriteriaforprotectinghigh-qualityteachersduringlayoffs.
 
Endprovisionsthatfosterquality-blindteacherlayoffs,destabilizehighperformingteachingteams,andreducediversityintheteacherworkforce.Teacherproficiency

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