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OXFORD FOUNDATION posts DRAFT on-line / Seeking COMMENTS

This blog is a copy of an email I received from the Oxford Foundation. It's time to read the draft, have discussions, and send your comments to the Oxford Foundation ... before Dec. 14.

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Michigan Public Education Finance Project Summary of Draft

by Admin
The Governor asked Richard McLellan, Mary Kay Shields and Peter Ruddell to propose a new Michigan Public Education Finance Act to replace the existing School Aid Act of 1979 incorporating the policies articulated in the Governor’s Special Message on Education issued April 27, 2011.

The new Michigan Public Education Finance Act of 2013 is aimed at creating a public education funding system that allows a student to learn “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way and Any Pace,” and create the path toward more robust performance-based funding. Below are five major concepts included in the draft.

1. Removal of District “Ownership” of a Student.  A student will be allowed to take a course, multiple courses or the student’s entire bundled education package from any public education district in the state.  A local school district will maintain its ability to determine whether to participate in open enrollment.

2. Creation of Online Learning Options with Performance Funding.  Technology is changing the delivery of instruction to students.  A student will be allowed to access instruction from across the state using advancing technology.  The district providing the online course will immediately receive public funding, based on performance measures.  Again, a district will not limit a student’s choices.

3. Funding will truly follow the Student.  Under the current model, a school receives 90% of its state general education funding based on where a student sits on the first Wednesday in October.  We create a dynamic system, where the funding will actually follow the student.  15 other states are already using the Average Daily Membership method for allocating funds.

4. Framework for Performance-based Funding for all courses.  We are setting the framework for the full implementation of computer-adaptive student growth and assessment tools that are on the horizon.  We are maintaining the current growth funding incentives for the next fiscal year until the Smarter Balanced assessment and the recommendations from the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness are complete.

5. Early Graduation Scholarships.  We are creating an incentive for students – who are ready – to graduate early.  $2,500 will be available for each semester a student graduates early. Let’s help those students who are ready to graduate.

Click here to download the draft of the bill.

Click here to read Richard McLellan's memo to Governor Snyder’s education team.

Click here to read Appendix B to the McLellan memo.

Click here  ( oxfordfoundationmi@gmail.com)  to send comments and proposals to the Michigan Public Education Finance Project regarding the first draft of the Michigan Public Education Finance Act.

Admin | November 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Tags: 1979 School Aid Act, education reform, Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Education Finance Act of 2013, Michigan Education Finance Project, Michigan School Aid Act of 1979, Oxford Foundation, Oxford Foundation-Michigan, public education, Richard McLellan, School Aid Act of 1979 | Categories: Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2ARTm-9b

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Joe Judge November 20, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I think the question is: what are the mandates that would be put on districts that would not be required of "new schools"? For example, If an Enrollment District is required to: verify residency, identify eligibility for funding, maintain records, counsel students, furnish data to the state, grant diplomas, approve credits for same and administer growth and assessment tools, etc., etc. for a kid that takes 70% of his/her classes on-line with "New On-Line School", does New On-Line School get 70% of that pupil's allowance. With all the responsibility that are retained by the Enrollment District, obviously the answer has to be "no" ... but perhaps this is addressed in 260 pages that I have not read. And these are just administrative responsibilities. I think Mac is also talking about the certification/qualification issues for new schools. Who is allowed to teach in such schools...could traditional public schools use such teachers? Under the new law, can anyone really just open a school? Is Bill and Tony's Math Academy really possible under the new law? If not, why not... let's find the provisions in the new law that address these concerns. Otherwise, we're just assuming and talking past each other. Another article: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20121119/NEWS03/121119554/snyder-panel-suggests-more-michigan-education-choices
Mac November 20, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Yes, they've been extremely clear that school of choice is optional, and that private schools are not an option. Though I'm not sure where the line is between a privately funded charter and a private school. Presumably the charter will have to meet some restrictions or standards the privates don't adhere to? It seems like a lot hangs on how the measurement is done, and whether it is meaningful and effective.
Mac November 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Yes, and the multiple private schools in the area. That is different than some small town in the UP, where there truly may not be options at any price. "Choice" is different in a metropolitan area, where there are many school districts and private schools, than it is in a small town geographically separate from its neighbors.
Marcia Robovitsky November 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM
New post today on Oxford Foundation....about the timeline http://oxfordfoundationmi.com/2012/11/21/michigan-public-education-finance-project-timeline/
Mary L. November 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Here. You all need to lighten up a little. http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2012/12/aa-gill-schools-ruining-our-kids

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