Position: NCCBI recommends that the General Assembly and
the State Board of Education “stay the course” on the following
initiatives: ABC’s, Excellent Schools Act, Charter Schools, JobReady (School-To-Work), and
Standards and Accountability.
Explanation: In January, 1997 Education Week published a special edition entitled
“Quality Counts.” The
report concluded to our detriment, that we were, in fact, too willing
to change. Their point
being that we lacked patience and commitment to stay with an
initiative long enough to accumulate sufficient data to determine what
changes really did need to be made.
recommends that ALL policy makers exercise patience, while
simultaneously expecting improvements from these initiatives, until
adequate experience and data is obtained to effectively judge the
necessary adjustments that might be necessary or desired.
to the specific initiatives:
ABC’s: Improvements are obvious and encouraging, though
much more will be required. Solid data from the 3-8 schools’
experiences should be the mantra for changes among this group. This
data should, in turn, be the guide for the enhancement of the high
Excellent Schools Act: Sustained funding of this
commitment will be critical to achieving the National Standards, as
well as the promises, inherent in the original legislation.
Charter Schools: A minimum of three years of operating
experiences should be the baseline before any substantial adjustments
are made to this experimental program.
JobReady: The opportunities inherent in this program
include collaborations between the public schools, community colleges,
the university system and the business community. There are further strong linkages between the
Standards and Accountability Commission’s recommendations, the
ABC’s for the high schools, Tech Prep, the remediation requirements
at the community colleges and higher education as well as the feedback
from the business community as to the deficiencies of their entry
level job applicants.
Standards and Accountability: Our students are a diverse
population able, and in most instances, willing to respond to higher
standards and expectations.
They respond to and require varying forms of assessments to
reveal their abilities and competencies. The recommendations of the
Standards and Accountability Commission, if implemented, would enhance
our teaching and learning process tremendously. We urge the State
Board of Education to move forward expeditiously and immediately to
implement these recommendations.
We simultaneously urge the General Assembly to support this
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Early Childhood Education
Teacher Recruitment and
Full Funding for Mandates
Opposition to Tax Credits
Parental and Community Involvement
Support for Community Colleges
Teacher/Administrator Preparation Programs and