An Act To Allow Schools To Adopt Approved Alternative Curricula
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §8, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 407, §1, is amended to read:
§ 8. Restructuring public schools
The commissioner shall encourage school administrative units to collaborate with approved private schools and postsecondary institutions of higher education in the State to pursue an ongoing process of school restructuring as a means of more effectively meeting the learning needs and improving the academic performance of all students. The approved private schools and the public and private postsecondary institutions of higher education in the State are urged to cooperate with the department, the state board and school administrative units to provide appropriate and timely exemplary curriculum design, professional development programs and other support services to educators employed in public schools engaged in school restructuring efforts.
School restructuring, which is most effectively carried out at the local level, depends on community and educator involvement and approval and student participation. School restructuring includes consideration of changing roles for parents, students, teachers, administrators, support staff, private school educators and officials, postsecondary education institutions and officials, and various segments of the community. It may include a significantly broadened role for schools.
School restructuring may include schools and , school administrative units and approved private schools combining efforts to cooperatively pursue restructuring activities. When that occurs, one or more schools or units may be designated as demonstration sites.
The request for the waiver must include documentation to substantiate the conditions of this subsection. If the request is denied, the commissioner shall provide the reasons for denying the request to the school administrative unit. The decision of the commissioner may be appealed to the state board. The decision of the state board is final.
The request for the waiver must include documentation to substantiate the conditions of this subsection. If the request is denied, the state board shall communicate the reasons for denying the request to the petitioning program.
This bill amends the school restructuring statutes to encourage school administrative units to collaborate with approved private schools to develop alternative curriculum frameworks to achieve school restructuring at the middle school or high school level. The bill allows a school administrative unit that is undergoing restructuring at the middle school or high school level to request a waiver of the rule requiremments related to the system of learning results established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 6209 if the waiver is necessary to achieve school restructuring and an alternative curriculum framework proposed for the school administrative unit's school restructuring differs from, but does not conflict with, the rules related to the system of learning results.