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State Board of Education Meets

Thursday, April 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting via teleconference today. Among other agenda items, the State Board suspended several requirements of state law which cannot be carried out due to COVID-19:

 

  • Early Learning Collaboratives: MDE suspended the required Effectiveness Evaluation Plan for the 2019-20 school year since evaluations cannot be completed. The seat time requirement for children was also waived and collaboratives will be reimbursed at the full-time and part-time rate for children in the program.
  • Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship Program: MDE suspended the requirement for attendance at a physical school location from March 16, 2020,  through the date classes resume following the state of emergency, as schools are offering services, but are not able to do so in a physical location.
  • Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship Program: MDE suspended the requirement for attendance at a physical school location from March 16, 2020,  through the date classes resume following the state of emergency, as schools are offering services, but are not able to do so in a physical location.
  • Early Childhood Programs: MDE suspended the required pre-K teacher assistant requirements by one school year. By August 1, 2021, 50% of assistants in each district will meet the requirements in the Early Learning Guidelines for Classrooms Serving Three- and Four-Year-Old Children.  100% of assistants will meet these guidelines by August 1, 2023.
  • School Safety: MDE extended the training deadline for MCOPS grant recipients from June 30, 2020, to August 1, 2020; extended the training deadline until August 1, 2020, for SROs in districts that created their own police department; and, extended the deadline for completion of the SRO Basic Course for security guards & SROs until August 1, 2020.

 

The State Board also approved the renewal of thirteen contracts, including a $504,850 contract with Renaissance Learning for Year 8 of a 10-year contract for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, as well as a $1,394,000 contract with ACT, Inc., for Year 3 of a 5-year contract to administer the ACT to all juniors in the state.