The Missouri State Board of Education met Tuesday, Feb. 19. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were:
- Unanimously elected Peter Hershend to serve as board president and Michael Jones to serve as vice president in the wake of the resignation of the former board president, Stan Archie
- Received a report about the state education department’s collaboration with Pearson and ETS to develop new certification tests for teachers
- Received a report about bills relating to education under consideration by the Missouri General Assembly;
- Discussed state standards governing Educational Service Agencies (ESA’s). According to the board’s agenda:
Any public school district or districts may designate an educational service agency (ESA), as defined in 20 U.S.C. Section 7801, for the purpose of developing, managing, and providing instructional service or programs to the participating school district or districts. The term ESA means a regional public multiservice agency authorized by State statute to develop, manage, and provide services or programs to local educational agencies.
- Voted unanimously to authorize publication or a notice of proposed rule making to amend Rule 20-600.110 relating to the Early Childhood Development Act. According to the agenda:
The last substantive changes to the manual were made in 2010. Input has been received the Parents as Teachers Advisory Council and representatives from the Parents as Teachers national office. Revisions include:
Encourage more frequent visits with families, especially high need families.
Encourage programs to offer participating families with all four components of a Parents as Teachers Program.
A change to the language to reflect the new curriculum being used.
- Voted unanimously to authorize publication of a notice of proposed rule making to adopt rule 5 CSR 20-400.125, which governs actions of the State Board of Education relating to applications for educator certificates. According to the agenda:
The State Board of Education is authorized to grant educator certification in any of the public schools of the state and to establish requirements and qualifications for those certificates. This rule establishes procedures for review of applications of individuals convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not sentence is imposed; applicants whose license has been revoked in Missouri or in another jurisdiction; and applicants seeking to appeal a denial of license by the Office of Educator Quality.
- Voted unanimously to authorize publication of a notice of proposed rule making to adopt rule 5 CSR 20-100.260, which governs “Standards for Charter Sponsorship.” According to the agenda:
In November 2012, the State Board of Education approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking to adopt 5 CSR 20-100.260 Standards for Charter Sponsorship. This notice of proposed rulemaking containing the text of the proposed rule was published in the Missouri Register on January 1, 2013(38 MoReg 99-104). The required thirty (30) day comment period ended on February 2, 2013. There were one hundred and one (101) comments received.
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