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Shelby County Schools
c/o The Board Office
160 S. Hollywood Street
Memphis, TN 38112

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Achievement School District

  • Priority School Selection Timeline

    Deferred Maintenance

    Prohibit Newly Created Schools

  • Limitation on Priority School Selection

    Request: The ASD may not select additional schools to operate until the next Priority Schools List is generated

    Rationale: Allows districts more opportunity to target Priority List Schools for additional interventions and creates stability within the school and community

  • County Cap

    Request: Institute a cap on the number of schools the ASD can operate within one county

    Rationale: Prevents unequal distribution of ASD schools in one district and ensures that priority schools across the state are addressed

  • Turnaround Choice

    Request: Allow parents with students attending Priority Schools to provide input on the selection of a turnaround model (ASD, District, Innovation Zone, Charter etc.) as provided in TCA 49-1-602(b)(2)

    Rationale: Gives parents, students, and the community more voice in the selection of the turnaround model for schools on the Priority List ii.

    Request: Mandate that State resources for school turnaround models be allocated based on student academic performance and rate of improvement

    Rationale: Ensures that limited resources are allocated to turnaround models that have a proven track record of academic success

  • Establish Rules and Regulations

    Request: Promulgate Rules and Regulations for the operation of the Achievement School District Rationale: Establishment of rules and regulations for the ASD ensures that ambiguities in the law and operational processes are clear for LEAs and the ASD

  • Return of Schools to Local Governance

    Request: Establish a clear exit process/return of schools to local governance Rationale: Currently, TCA 49-1-614 is unclear in outlining the exit and return process for ASD schools to local governance. Additionally, there are no state of Tennessee Department of Education rules and regulations that govern the ASD with respect to returning schools to the LEA.

  • Deferred Maintenance

    Request: Require the ASD be responsible for deferred maintenance in ASD occupied buildings/schools

    Rationale: Ensures that LEAs are not fiscally responsible for schools outside of their local governance

  • Moratorium

    Request: Pause ASD expansion until consistent student academic achievement is demonstrated through substantial academic gains

    Rationale: In December 2015, a Vanderbilt study noted that “the performance of ASD schools has been inconsistent across school years, in most cases showing no difference from the comparison schools.” A moratorium will allow the ASD to focus on improving academic gains

  • Prohibit Newly Created Schools

    Request: Prohibit ASD authorization of newly created charter schools

    Rationale: Allowing ASD authorized newly created charter schools strays from the original mission of the ASD to provide turnaround services to the state’s Priority Schools

Charter Schools

  • LEA Authorizer Fee

    Request: Establish an Authorizer Fee for LEA charters

    Rationale: LEA authorizers often incur costs to facilitate the authorization and oversight of charter schools; this will allow LEAs to offset the costs related to supporting charter schools

  • Charter School OPEB Liability

    Request: Allow LEAs to assess a fee for OPEB Liabilities calculated on a per student basis

    Rationale: LEAs that provide post-retirement group health insurance benefits (“post-retirement benefits”) must also meet the mandates of GASB 45, which require public agencies to pre-fund the future costs of post-retirement benefits or report them as liabilities. By assessing a fee for OPEB Liabilities, LEAs can pay toward future costs

  • Charter Escrow Account

    Request: Require charter operators to maintain an escrow account equivalent to 6 months of BEP funding

    Rationale: Ensures that charter schools have adequate financial resources for operation

  • Charter Funding Calculation

    Request: Require charter funding to be calculated on previous year student enrollment

    Rationale: Currently, charter school funding is based on current year student figures, whereas, SCS is provided funding based on prior year enrollment data. As a result, the funding calculation results in a higher per pupil allocation for charter schools than if both were using prior year student enrollment figures

BEP/Fiscal Issues

  • Full Funding of BEP

    Request: Fully fund BEP including unfunded mandates such as Response to Intervention (RTI), testing and teacher evaluation

  • BEP Fiscal Capacity Calculation

    Request: Calculate the fiscal capacity of the area within the borders of the school district when a county has municipal and county school district funding

    Rationale: Account for all local funding streams

  • BEP Funding Calculation

    Request: Uniformity in the funding calculation for ASD, Charter Schools, and LEAs

    Rationale: In September 2016, the Tennessee Comptroller’s office found that the BEP Funding calculation for charter schools lacked sufficient clarity. ASD funding is calculated in the same manner as charter schools. SCS requests that the TNDOE establish clear rules regarding the calculation of the BEP for ASD, Charter Schools and LEAs.

    Request: Remove requirement that BEP funding be calculated based on monthly attendance data

    Rationale: By using monthly attendance date to calculate BEP, LEAs may be penalized for common district attendance trends

  • Publication of Funding Report

    Request: Require the State Board of Education to publish a funding report that is calculated based on the specific student needs (i.e. factors utilized could include, but are not limited to, ELL, special needs, disabilities, Title 1 eligibility, per capita income of the families of students in the LEA boundaries, etc.)

    Rationale: Providing a funding report ensures an accurate accounting of the costs associated with educating special student populations

    Request: Require the State Department of Education to issue a report annually that identifies the Fiscal note for all of the initiatives (individually & totally) mandated for the LEAs

    Rationale: Providing an annual fiscal report of all initiatives ensures an accurate accounting of the costs associated with state mandated initiatives

School Based Issues (TCA Title 49)

  • Assessments and Standards

    PreK Funding

    Waiver of State Mandated Class Sizes

  • Elimination of RTI2 Requirements

    Request: Eliminate the RTI2 requirements

    Rationale: The current RTI2 requirements prescribe the screening and progress monitoring processes which requires the purchase of additional assessments. The requirements also specify instructional minutes which require additional staff and resources to implement with fidelity.

  • Extended School Day

    Request: Extend the school day at least 1 hours for schools in the Bottom 15% and provide funding

    Rationale: Extended school day provides opportunity for students to receive intervention in various subjects and can offset the cost of after-school care for parents

  • Safe Harbor for School Consolidation

    Request: Exclude the first year of student assessment data for schools that were consolidated following the closure of either an under-performing or under-utilized school

    Rationale: Allows schools and LEAs an opportunity to adjust to new leadership at the schools as well as establishing a new and accurate depiction of baseline academic performance data for the newly consolidated school

  • Continuation of PreK Funding

    Request: Continue to fund Pre-K based on the amount of Title 1 student population

    Rationale: Providing funds for Pre-K classrooms based on Title 1 student population allows LEAs with high poverty rates to direct funds to much needed opportunities to ensure incoming students are at grade-level, thereby lessening the achievement gap

  • Waiver of State Mandated Class Sizes

    Request: Class Size Waivers

    Rationale: Allow class size waivers from the state mandated maximum

  • Funding of Educational Assistants

    Request: Provide for additional educational assistants for schools identified by the LEA needing additional support

    Rationale: Allows LEAs to provide enhanced academic support to target schools on the State’s Priority and Focus Lists

  • Teacher Credentialing Flexibility

    Request: Allow credentialing flexibility for hiring teachers

    Rationale: Gives LEAs greater ability to recruit second career teachers as well as teachers for hard to staff subjects and schools

  • Oppose Elected Superintendents


  • Oppose Vouchers


    If adopted, include the following:

    1. Deduct from each voucher the OPEB liability on a per student basis;
    2. Require schools that allow the use of vouchers to administer Tennessee state mandated assessments for K-12;
    3. Require that the facilities used for educating voucher students meet or exceed the same standards and requirements for public school facilities;
    4. Require evidence of enrollment capacity for the number of vouchers issued by the state and accepted by a non-public school;
    5. Establish process for return of funds for students failing to enroll and/or expelled from voucher school;
    6. Establish a process for verification of non-public school accreditation

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