2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 22 - Education
General and Administrative
Article 13 - School Turnaround Leaders Development Program
§ 22-13-101. Legislative declaration

CO Rev Stat ยง 22-13-101 (2016) What's This?

(1) The general assembly finds that:

(a) Developing high-quality leadership for struggling schools has become a clear priority nationwide to systematically improve academic performance among low-achieving students;

(b) Leadership for low-performing schools is fundamentally different than leadership for higher-performing schools. Extensive research shows that, to achieve real turnaround and academic improvement, low-performing schools need to experience significant and fundamental change in instructional practices as well as in the school's climate and culture. Turnaround leadership requires dramatic and transformative intervention in a culture of underperformance within a short amount of time. The research further articulates the skills and competencies that school leaders must have to produce this type of change in a school and that these skills and competencies are dramatically different from those practiced by most school leaders.

(c) There is also a significant amount of research and evidence around the practices that are needed to train, recruit, incentivize, and sustain successful, high-quality school turnaround leaders;

(d) In addition to school principals, teacher leaders within schools and district-level personnel who coordinate and support turnaround efforts for multiple schools of a school district are crucial to achieving increased academic performance within low-performing schools and must be included in programs to train successful, high-quality school turnaround leaders;

(e) For the 2013-14 school year, one hundred nineteen public schools serving fifty-five thousand eight hundred fourteen students in Colorado are accredited with priority improvement plans, and forty-nine public schools serving seventeen thousand three hundred eleven students are accredited with turnaround plans. For the 2013-14 school year, fourteen school districts are accredited with priority improvement plans, and two school districts are accredited with turnaround plans. Given these levels of performance in the public schools, Colorado must address the need to develop, nurture, and support aspiring and practicing school turnaround leaders.

(f) There is a tremendous opportunity for the state to recruit, develop, and facilitate new and existing leadership development programs that are specifically focused on developing leaders to serve low-performing schools.

(2) The general assembly therefore finds that it is imperative and in the best interests of the state to create the school turnaround leaders development program within the department to contract with providers and award grants to school districts throughout the state to use in developing outstanding school leaders with the skills and competencies required to turn around low-performing public schools in the state.

(3) The general assembly declares that, for purposes of section 17 of article IX of the state constitution, the school turnaround leaders development program is an important element in implementing accountable programs to meet state academic standards and may therefore receive funding from the state education fund created in section 17 (4) of article IX of the state constitution.

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