Outline of Gov. Jindal's proposed education reforms
Plan for Rewarding Teachers:
- Allowing districts to use compensation to keep good teachers by stopping forced pay increases to ineffective teachers, allowing them to pay effective teachers more, and allowing them more flexability in how they structure salaries.
- ban the practice of using seniority to make personnel decision of any kind, including ending the practice of "last in, first out" in recudtions in force, prioritizing effectiveness instead.
- Stop blanket job protectin in the form of tenure to teachers who are ineffective after on year. Allwoing them to return to probabtionary status. Under Louisiana's value-added law, districts start dismissal proceeding after two years, and teachers lose certification after three years, of ineffectiveness ratings.
- Give superintenents the lead role in the public hearing process when he or she decides that a poor performing teacher should be removed.
- Tie teacher certification to effectiveness, removing the red tape of federal "highly qualified teacher" requirements, and emphasize effectiveness when selecting Teachers and Prinicpals of the Year.
Plan for Rewarding New Teachers:
- Givng school districts the flexibiliyt to creat thier own salary scales based on the elements they believe matter to them, suchs as effectiveness, hard to staff subjects, high poverty schools, and core subjects.
- Reserve tenure status for teacher taht have been rated highley effective for five years in a row
- Make granting of tenure an active process rather than an automoatic one so that tenure becomes a recognition given teachers who have demonstrated excellence, rather than merely survived for three years.
Plan to Provide Parents more Choices:
- Expand the existing Scholarship Program statewide for low-income students at C,D and F schools
- Expand course choices for students by allowing a variety of providers, including school districts, virtual schools, colleges and universities, and businesses with training programs, to offer students additional options
- Plan the States Career and Techincal Education regionally to better meet the needs of businesses and address individual student interest, while ensuring students have access to full Industry Based Cerification programs.
- Encourage students who want to pursue a career in Science, Techonology, Engineering, or Math by making it easier to take high level coursework, recognizing when they are successful with that coursework, and helpoing districts make those courses available.
- Make it easier for high quality charter operators to expand by fast tracking operators with proven track records, streamlining the appliction process, and giving charter schools the same rights to facilities.
- Allow charter operators who want to open schools in districts wtih grades of D and F the opportunity to apply directly to the state.
- Create a rebate for donations made to nonprofit organizations that officer scholarships to low-income students to attend private schools
- Give a scholarship to students who garuate early from high school equal to one-half of the dollars the state woul dhave spent had they prolonged their time in high school. Students will be able to use these dollars as a scholarship-above and beyond any other scholarships - at the postsecondary school of their choice.
Reforms to Give Parents More Levers to Effect Change:
- Allow community organizations, nonprofits, universities, and other local entities to apply directly to the state to become charter authorizers to maintain local control of charter schools in their communities.
- Give parents whose children are at a failing school a parent trigger to effect change more quickly. Rather than waiting until a school has been failing for four years, parents can vote to have their school eligible to be a Recover School District charter after three years.
- Hold school boards in failing school districts accountable for the performance of their superintendents by requiring state review of thier superintendent contracts to make sure there are performance targets for improvement
- Call on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to change how the state funds students so that dollars follow the child to whatever educational option meets their needs
Reforms for Parents to Engage Parents in Their Childs Education:
- Let superintendents and prinicpals reward teachers for engaging parents
- Give districts more ways to engage parents with federal dollars for tutoring and after school programs and be rewarded for it, which also saves parents money for after school care
Reform to to Give School Leaders More Flexibility to Innovate:
- Allow districts to recruit the best and brightest personnel, retain them by rewarding them, and make smart decisions about who to employ so as to maximize their investment in human capital
- Give districts more flexibility over their federal dollars though applying to waive burdensome federal regulations and let schools spend their federaldollars in the ways that work for them
- Reduce federal reporting requirements and more strategically align inverventions in failing schools, including those required by federal law, to meet the unique needs of students
Reform for Early Childhood Service Providers and Preschools:
- Reduce red tape, align conflicting standards, and streamline data to reduce the administrative burden for early childhood providers and better leverage dollars
- Create an accountability system for early childhood programs focused on outcomes and based on Kindergarten Readiness that gives parents clear actioabel information in a letter grade on which to base their decisions about where to send their child
- Protect taxpayers by cutting off pulic fuding to low performing early childhood programs, even pulling licensing from low-performing programs, and aligning incentive structure through the School Readiness Tax Credits to reward Kindergarten Readiness