FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth Schools meets seven of nine best practices to get a one-time incentive grant from the state, under provisions of the School Aid Act.
On March 17, the C-A Board of Education, approved a resolution certifying that the district has met enough criteria to receive the $50 per student incentive payment.
Gov. Rick Snyder enacted legislation on June 24, 2014, appropriating $75 million to pay the $50 per pupil allocation for the 2014-15 school year to districts that meet at least seven of nine best practices by June 1, 2015.
Those nine practices are:
• Hold policy on medical benefit plans (if directly employed by district or not excluded by a voluntary employee beneficiary association).
• Obtain competitive bids for the provision of 2014-15 non-instructional services.
• Accept applications for enrollment of non-resident pupils under Section 105 or 105c.
• Offer online courses or blended learning opportunities to all eligible pupils and publish course syllabi.
• Provide to parents and community members a dashboard/ report card with required financial information on website.
• Implement a comprehensive guidance and counseling program.
• Offer K-8 students 1 credit worth of non-English language learning experiences.
• Make teacher and administrator job performance a significant factor in compensation determination.
• Collective bargaining agreements do not include provisions contrary to prohibited subjects by statute. C-A Schools did not meet the final two criteria. According to the approved resolution being filed with the State Aid and School Finance Office of the Michigan Department of Education, Carman- Ainsworth meets the following best practices criteria:
• District is the designated policy holder for medical benefit plan(s)
• District has obtained competitive bid on non-instructional services – secretarial staffing and waste disposal services
• District accepts applications for enrollment by non-residents. A Public School Academy is considered to have met this requirement.
• District offers online courses or blended learning opportunities to all eligible pupils and publishes course syllabi.
• District provides a link on the district’s home page to the URL for the MISchoolData Portal which will contain the required dashboard indicators. If certain data for the district are unavailable from state data collections, the district will provide it in the form and manner determined by the Michigan Department of Education.
• District implements a comprehensive guidance and counseling program.
• District offers opportunity to complete one credit worth of non-English language learning experiences.