Bill Text For HB2646 - Engrossed

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  |BILL NO. 2646                        By: Baker, West (Tammy),          |
 2|                                         Caldwell (Chad) and McBride   |
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  |                                         Smalley of the Senate         |
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 8|       [ schools - creating the School Turnaround Act -                |
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 9|         creating the School Recognition and Reward                    |
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10|         Program      emergency ]                                      |
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14|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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15|    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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16|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.651 of Title 70, unless       |
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17|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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18|    This act shall be known and may be cited as the "School            |
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19|Turnaround Act".                                                       |
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20|    SECTION 2.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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21|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.652 of Title 70, unless       |
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22|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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23|    As used in the School Turnaround Act:                              |
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24|    1.  "Department" means the State Department of Education;          |
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 1|    2.  "School" means a public school under the control of a school   |
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 2|district board of education;                                           |
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 3|    3.  "Educator" means any person who is employed to serve as        |
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 4|district superintendent, principal, supervisor, a counselor,           |
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 5|librarian, school nurse or classroom teacher or in any other           |
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 6|instructional, supervisory or administrative capacity.  The person     |
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 7|shall not be deemed qualified unless the person holds a valid          |
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 8|certificate issued by and in accordance with the rules of the State    |
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 9|Board of Education or the rules of the State Board of Career and       |
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10|Technology Education, to perform the particular services for which     |
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11|the person is employed;                                                |
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12|    4.  "Initial remedial year" means the year in which a school is    |
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13|designated as a school in need of intervention;                        |
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14|    5.  "School in need of intervention" means a school that has       |
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15|been designated as in need of intervention by the Department of        |
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16|Education according to an outcome-based measure; and                   |
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17|    6.  "Statewide assessment" means a test of student achievement,    |
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18|including a test administered in a computer-adaptive format, that is   |
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19|administered statewide.                                                |
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20|    SECTION 3.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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21|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.653 of Title 70, unless       |
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22|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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 1|    A.  The Department shall develop and use outcome-based measures    |
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 2|to set criteria for the designation of schools in need of              |
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 3|intervention.                                                          |
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 4|    B.  No more than one (1) month after school site report cards      |
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 5|are delivered pursuant to subsection J of Section 1210.545 of Title    |
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 6|70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the Department shall designate specific   |
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 7|schools as in need of intervention.                                    |
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 8|    C.  The Department shall determine the specific criteria a         |
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 9|school must meet to exit the program based on the same outcome-based   |
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10|measures as were used to designate schools as in need of               |
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11|intervention.                                                          |
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12|    SECTION 4.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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13|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.654 of Title 70, unless       |
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14|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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15|    A.  On or before October 1 of an initial remedial year, a school   |
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16|district board of education governing a school in need of              |
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17|intervention shall establish a school turnaround committee composed    |
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18|of the following members:                                              |
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19|    1.  One member of the school district board of education           |
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20|governing the school in need of intervention;                          |
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21|    2.  The school principal;                                          |
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22|    3.  Three parents of students enrolled in the school; and          |
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23|    4.  Four teachers at the school appointed by the principal.        |
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 1|    B.  1.  On or before October 15 of an initial remedial year, a     |
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 2|school district board of education governing a school in need of       |
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 3|intervention shall collaborate with the school turnaround committee    |
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 4|to select an independent school turnaround expert from the experts     |
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 5|identified by the Department under Section 5 of this act.              |
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 6|    2.  An independent school turnaround expert shall not be:          |
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 7|         a.    a member of the school district board of education      |
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 8|              governing the school in need of intervention, or         |
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 9|         b.    an employee of the school district board of education   |
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10|              governing the school in need of intervention.            |
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11|    C.  A school turnaround committee shall collaborate with the       |
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12|independent school turnaround expert selected under subsection B of    |
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13|this section to develop and implement a school turnaround plan that    |
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14|includes:                                                              |
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15|    1.  The findings of the analysis conducted by the independent      |
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16|school turnaround expert described in paragraph 1 of subsection A of   |
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17|Section 5 of this act;                                                 |
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18|    2.  Recommendations regarding changes to the school's personnel,   |
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19|culture, curriculum, assessments, instructional practices, digital     |
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20|tools for teaching and learning, governance, leadership, finances,     |
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21|policies, or other areas that may be necessary to implement the        |
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22|school turnaround plan;                                                |
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23|    3.  Measurable student achievement goals and objectives;           |
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 1|    4.  A professional development plan that identifies a strategy     |
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 2|to address problems of instructional practice;                         |
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 3|    5.  A leadership development plan focused on proven strategies     |
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 4|to turn around schools in need of intervention;                        |
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 5|    6.  A detailed budget specifying how the school turnaround plan    |
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 6|will be funded;                                                        |
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 7|    7.  A plan to assess and monitor progress;                         |
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 8|    8.  A plan to communicate and report data on progress to           |
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 9|stakeholders; and                                                      |
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10|    9.  A timeline for implementation.                                 |
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11|    D.  A school district board of education governing a school in     |
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12|need of intervention shall:                                            |
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13|    1.  Prioritize funding and resources to the school in need of      |
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14|intervention; and                                                      |
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15|    2.  Grant the school streamlined authority over staff, schedule,   |
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16|policies, budget and academic programs to implement the school         |
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17|turnaround plan.                                                       |
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18|    E.  1.  On or before March 1 of an initial remedial year, a        |
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19|school turnaround committee shall submit the school turnaround plan    |
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20|to a school district board of education for approval.                  |
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21|    2.  On or before April 1 of an initial remedial year, a school     |
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22|district board of education governing a school in need of              |
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23|intervention shall submit the school turnaround plan to the            |
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24|Department for approval.  The Department shall:                        |
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 1|         a.    review a school turnaround plan submitted for           |
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 2|              approval under this section within thirty (30) days of   |
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 3|              submission, and                                          |
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 4|         b.    approve a school turnaround plan that:                  |
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 5|              (1)   is timely,                                         |
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 6|              (2)   is well-developed, and                             |
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 7|              (3)   meets the criteria described in subsection C of    |
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 8|                   this section.                                       |
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 9|    3.  If a school district board of education does not approve the   |
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10|school turnaround plan submitted under this subsection, the school     |
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11|turnaround committee may appeal the disapproval in accordance with     |
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12|rules promulgated by the Department.                                   |
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13|    4.  The Department shall promulgate rules to establish the         |
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14|appeals process pursuant to paragraph 3 of this subsection and         |
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15|ensure that appeals are resolved on or before April 1 of the initial   |
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16|remedial year.                                                         |
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17|    SECTION 5.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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18|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.655 of Title 70, unless       |
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19|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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20|    A.  On or before August 30, 2019, the Department shall identify    |
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21|two or more approved independent school turnaround experts, through    |
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22|a request for proposals process to:                                    |
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23|    1.  Collect and analyze data on the school's student               |
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24|achievement, personnel, culture, curriculum, assessments,              |
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 1|instructional practices, digital tools for teaching and learning,      |
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 2|governance, leadership, finances and policies;                         |
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 3|    2.  Recommend changes to the school's culture, curriculum,         |
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 4|assessments, instructional practices, governance, finances,            |
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 5|policies, or other areas based on data collected under paragraph 1     |
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 6|of this subsection;                                                    |
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 7|    3.  Develop and implement, in partnership with the school          |
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 8|turnaround committee, a school turnaround plan that meets the          |
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 9|criteria described in subsection C of Section 4 of this act;           |
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10|    4.  Monitor the effectiveness of a school turnaround plan          |
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11|through reliable means of evaluation, including on-site visits,        |
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12|observations, surveys, analysis of student achievement data, and       |
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13|interviews;                                                            |
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14|    5.  Provide ongoing implementation support and project             |
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15|management for a school turnaround plan;                               |
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16|    6.  Provide high-quality professional development and coaching     |
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17|personalized for school staff that is designed to build the:           |
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18|         a.    leadership capacity of the school principal,            |
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19|         b.    instructional capacity of school staff, and             |
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20|         c.    collaborative practices of teacher and leadership       |
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21|              teams;                                                   |
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22|    7.  Provide job-embedded professional learning and coaching for    |
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23|all instructional staff on a weekly basis at minimum;                  |
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 1|    8.  Provide job-embedded professional learning and coaching for    |
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 2|the school principal at least twice monthly, focused on proven         |
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 3|strategies to turn around schools in need of intervention that are     |
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 4|aligned with state leadership standards; and                           |
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 5|    9.  Leverage support from community partners to coordinate an      |
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 6|efficient delivery of supports to students both inside and outside     |
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 7|the classroom.                                                         |
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 8|    B.  In identifying independent school turnaround experts under     |
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 9|subsection A of this section, the Department shall identify experts    |
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10|that:                                                                  |
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11|    1.  Have a credible track record of improving student academic     |
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12|achievement in public schools with various demographic                 |
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13|characteristics, as measured by statewide assessments;                 |
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14|    2.  Have experience designing, implementing and evaluating         |
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15|data-driven instructional systems in public schools;                   |
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16|    3.  Have experience coaching public school administrators and      |
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17|teachers on designing and implementing data-driven school              |
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18|improvement plans;                                                     |
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19|    4.  Have experience collaborating with the various education       |
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20|entities that govern public schools;                                   |
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21|    5.  Have experience delivering high-quality professional           |
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22|development and coaching in instructional effectiveness to public      |
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23|school administrators and teachers;                                    |
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 1|    6.  Are willing to be compensated for professional services        |
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 2|based on performance; and                                              |
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 3|    7.  Are willing to collaborate with any school in need of          |
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 4|intervention in the state, regardless of location.                     |
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 5|    C.  1.  When awarding a contract to an independent school          |
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 6|turnaround expert selected by a school district board of education     |
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 7|under subsection B of Section 4 of this act, the Department shall      |
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 8|ensure that a contract between a school district board of education    |
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 9|and the independent school turnaround expert specifies that the        |
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10|Department shall:                                                      |
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11|         a.    pay an independent school turnaround expert no more     |
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12|              than fifty percent (50%) of the expert's professional    |
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13|              fees at the beginning of the independent school          |
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14|              turnaround expert's work for the school in need of       |
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15|              intervention, and                                        |
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16|         b.    pay the remainder of the independent school             |
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17|              turnaround expert's professional fees upon the           |
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18|              independent school turnaround expert successfully        |
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19|              helping a school in need of intervention meet exit       |
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20|              criteria as determined by the Department under Section   |
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21|              3 of this act within three (3) school years after a      |
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22|              school is designated as needing intervention.            |
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23|    2.  In negotiating a contract with an independent school           |
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24|turnaround expert, the Department shall offer:                         |
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 1|         a.    an average of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars             |
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 2|              ($500,000.00) per school for the entirety of the         |
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 3|              project,                                                 |
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 4|         b.    differentiated amounts of funding based on student      |
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 5|              enrollment, and                                          |
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 6|         c.    a higher amount of funding for schools that are in      |
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 7|              the lowest-performing one percent (1%) of schools        |
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 8|              statewide according to an outcomes-based measure         |
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 9|              determined by the Department.                            |
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10|    D.  The Department shall, subject to legislative appropriations,   |
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11|provide funding to a school in need of intervention for                |
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12|interventions identified in an approved school turnaround plan if      |
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13|the school district board of education provides matching funds or an   |
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14|in-kind contribution of goods or services in an amount equal to the    |
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15|funding the school in need of intervention would receive from the      |
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16|Department.                                                            |
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17|    E.  The Department shall balance the need to prioritize funding    |
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18|appropriated by the Legislature to contract with highly qualified      |
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19|independent school turnaround experts with the need to set aside       |
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20|funding for:                                                           |
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21|    1.  Interventions to facilitate the implementation of a school     |
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22|turnaround plan; and                                                   |
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23|    2.  The School Recognition and Reward Program created under        |
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24|Section 7 of this act.                                                 |
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 1|    SECTION 6.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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 2|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.656 of Title 70, unless       |
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 3|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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 4|    A.  1.  A school in need of intervention that does not meet the    |
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 5|exit criteria determined by the Department under subsection C of       |
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 6|Section 3 of this act within three (3) school years after the day on   |
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 7|which the school is designated a school in need of intervention may    |
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 8|petition the Department for an extension to continue school            |
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 9|improvement efforts for up to three (3) years.                         |
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10|    2.  The Department may only grant an extension under this          |
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11|subsection if the school in need of intervention has demonstrated at   |
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12|least fifty percent (50%) of the improvement necessary to exit the     |
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13|turnaround process, or submits an appeal to the Department.            |
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14|    3.  The Department may extend the contract of an independent       |
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15|school turnaround expert of a school in need of intervention that is   |
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16|granted an extension under this subsection.                            |
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17|    B.  The Department shall promulgate rules establishing             |
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18|consequences for a school in need of intervention that:                |
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19|    1.  Does not meet the predetermined exit criteria within three     |
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20|(3) school years after the day on which the school is designated in    |
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21|need of intervention and is not granted an extension under             |
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22|subsection A of this section; or                                       |
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23|    2.  Is granted an extension under subsection A of this section     |
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24|and does not meet the predetermined exit criteria within three (3)     |
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 1|school years after the day on which the school in need of              |
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 2|intervention is granted an extension.                                  |
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 3|    SECTION 7.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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 4|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1210.657 of Title 70, unless       |
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 5|there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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 6|School Recognition and Reward Program.                                 |
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 7|    A.  As used in this section, "eligible school" means a school in   |
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 8|need of intervention that:                                             |
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 9|    1.  Meets predetermined exit criteria within three (3) school      |
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10|years after the day on which the school is designated a school in      |
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11|need of intervention; or                                               |
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12|    2.  Has been granted an extension under subsection A of Section    |
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13|6 of this act and meets predetermined exit criteria within the         |
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14|extension period.                                                      |
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15|    B.  The School Recognition and Reward Program is hereby created    |
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16|to provide incentives to schools and educators to improve the school   |
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17|in need of intervention.  The Program shall be administered by the     |
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18|State Department of Education.                                         |
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19|    C.  Subject to appropriations by the Legislature, the Department   |
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20|may determine and distribute rewards, financial or otherwise, for      |
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21|eligible schools and the educators therein.                            |
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22|    SECTION 8.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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23|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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 1|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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 2|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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 3|    Passed the House of Representatives the 13th day of March, 2019.   |
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  |    Passed the Senate the ___ day of __________, 2019.                 |
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