An Act To Develop a Grant Program To Establish a Teacher-led School Model
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §2651, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 446, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §6213, sub-§§1 and 2, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 446, §2, are amended to read:
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA §6213, sub-§9, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 446, §2, is amended to read:
(1) Is likely to result in a decrease in academic achievement in the innovative school, zone or district; or
(2) Is not fiscally feasible.
Nothing in this subsection may prevent or may be construed to prevent the commissioner from approving an innovation plan to create an innovative public school district when the innovation plan is created by a school board for a school administrative unit that operates only one innovative, autonomous public school or teacher-led school.
Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §6213, sub-§14, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 446, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 20-A MRSA §6213, sub-§15, ¶B, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 446, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 26 MRSA §962, sub-§7, ¶A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 446, §3, is further amended to read:
(1) Any municipality or any subdivision of a municipality;
(2) Any school, water, sewer, fire or other district;
(3) The Maine Turnpike Authority;
(5) Any county or subdivision of a county;
(6) The Maine Public Employees Retirement System;
(7) The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf; or
(8) Any innovative, autonomous public school, innovative public school district or , innovative public school zone or teacher-led school created and operated under Title 20-A, section 6212 or 6213;
This bill provides for the creation, submission, review and approval of innovation plans to establish teacher-led schools. The bill allows one or more public schools within a school administrative unit to initiate the creation of an innovation plan for the creation and operation of a teacher-led school for submission to its school board. The bill also permits a school board to initiate and collaborate with one or more of the public schools it operates to create an innovation plan. The bill provides that a school board may obtain waivers of laws, rules and local policy requirements from the Commissioner of Education that are considered necessary for a teacher-led school to implement an innovation plan. The bill also allows for grants from the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services for the costs associated with establishing a teacher-led school.