Program Authorization: 36:649D; R.S. 36:649F; R.S. 173042.1; R.S. 17:7.3; R.S. 17:31-33; R.S.17:(6)(A-E); R.S. 17:7.1, 7.2; R.S. 36:649E; R.S. 17:15; R.S. 17:21-22; R.S. 17:3403; R.S. 17:3896; R.S. 17:3761-3764; R.S. 17:7.4; Article 7, Section 10.1; Title V, Part D subpart 2 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended in 1986
The Office of Quality Educators Program is responsible for standards, assessment, evaluation and certification of all elementary and secondary educators in Louisiana as well as designing, developing and coordinating quality professional development which is structured and provided within the context of ongoing school improvement planning.
The mission of the Office of Quality Educators Program is to provide leadership and focus and to coordinate services and resources necessary to ensure that the students of Louisiana are served by highly qualified and competent educators in their classrooms and schools.
The goal of the Office of Quality Educators Program is to have highly qualified and competent educators in all Louisiana classrooms and schools.
The Office of Quality Educators Program includes the following activities: Teacher Certification and Higher Education, School Leadership, Professional Accountability and New Teacher Mentor, Teaching Personnel Professional Development, and Distinguished Educators.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Office of Quality Educators Program provides leadership and support to the Department of Education. The success of this program is reflected in the success of the other activities in the program. Performance information consistent with this program's strategic plan and with the statewide model for administration/support service programs will be reported next year. The Office of Quality Educators Program will provide the following indicators for FY 1998-99:
1. The Office of Quality Educators Program, through the teacher certification and higher education activity, will take appropriate action on 90% of all certification applications, inquiries and requests submitted by teachers, administrators and ancillary school personnel within an 8 week time period in FY 1998-99.
2. The Office of Quality Educators Program, through the teacher certification and higher education activity, will evaluate, process and fund 100% fo the tuition exemption applications within 30 days after the submission deadline in FY 1998-99.
3. The Office of Quality Educators Program, through the teacher certification and higher education activity, will process and fund 100% of the innovative professional development proposals within 45 days after the submission deadline in FY 1998-99.
4. The Office of Quality Educators Program, through the school leadership development activity, will provide professional development opportunities in order for 98% of newly appointed principles to successfully complete the Louisiana Principal Internship program in FY 1998-99.
1 A comprehensive plan for school leadership development is currently under development and specific components have not been determined. It is anticipated that the current Louisiana Principal Internship program will continue. Professional standards for principals will be developed FY 1997-'98 and training on standards will be provided in FY 1998-'99. A selection and recruitment program will be implemented FY 1998-'99.
5. The Office of Quality Educators Program, through the school leadership development activity, will have 85% of the participating educators complete the professional standards for principals training program in FY 1998-99.
6. The Office of Quality Educators Program, through the professional accountability and new teacher mentor activity, will monitor the mandated 22 local education agencies (LEAs) annually through the Local Personnel Evaluation program and have 80% of the local plans in compliance with state standards in Fy 1998-99.
1 Numbers updated from Executive Budget estimates produced Fall 1996.
7. The Office of Quality Educators, through the professional accountability and new teacher mentor activity, will administer the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program for all new teachers and will maintain records for those new teachers achieving/not achieving assessment standards in FY 1998-99.
1 The responsibility for the implementation of their objective remains with the local education agencies.
8. The Office of Quality Educators, through the Louisiana Distinguished Educator activity, will select and train 12 educators to each assist not more than 2 low-achieving schools in SY 1999-2000.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded by general fund, interagency transfers, self-generated revenue, statutory dedication and federal funds. The source of the interagency transfers is the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund (8(g)). Self-generated revenues are collected from Teacher Certification fees. The source of the statutory dedication is the School Leadership Development Fund as authorized by Act 472 of the 1997 Regular Legislative Session. (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal funds are provided by grants or allocations from Title 1 and 6 of the Improving America's Schools Act; Sections B, C, and H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and grants for the Christa McAuffie Fellowship Awards.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 141.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 84.5% of the total request ($10,548,570) for this program. The increase in general fund is primarily attributable to the annualization of the Teacher Mentor Program Pilot in accordance with Act 838 of the 1997 Regular Legislative Session and the addition of $300,000 for Teacher Mentor Compensation. Statutory Dedication from the School Leadership Development Fund was increased to reflect a $222,1000 balance in the existing budget available for carryforward and the addition of $523,960 available for appropriation from the School Leadership Development Fund. The increase in federal funds reflects adjustments in Title 2 and Title 6 administrative budgets to reflect actual grant allocations available; and $1,250,000 was added in Title 1 School Improvement and 8(g) funding to finance the Distinguished Educators component of the School and District Accountability Initiative.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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