2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-3-129.3. Public school, zone, or district empowerment plan.

A. 1. A public school, zone, or district may submit to its school district board of education an empowerment plan as described in subsection C of this section.

2. A school district board of education shall receive and review each empowerment plan submitted pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection. The school district board of education shall either approve or disapprove the empowerment plan within sixty (60) days after receiving the plan.

3. If the school district board of education rejects the plan, it shall provide to the public school, zone, or district that submitted the plan a written explanation of the basis for its decision. A public school, zone, or district may resubmit an amended empowerment plan at any time after denial.

4. If the school district board of education approves the plan, it shall proceed to seek approval of the school, zone, or district as an empowered school, zone, or district pursuant to Section 6 of this act.

B. A school district board of education may initiate and collaborate with one or more public schools of the school district to create one or more empowerment plans, as described in subsection C of this section. In creating an empowerment plan the school district board of education shall ensure that each public school that would be affected by the plan has the opportunity to participate in the creation of the plan.

C. Each empowerment plan shall include the following information:

1. A statement of the mission of the school, zone, or district and why designation as an empowered school, zone, or district would enhance the ability of the school, zone, or district to achieve its mission;

2. A description of the innovations the school, zone, or district would implement, which may include, but not be limited to, innovations in school staffing, curriculum and assessment, class scheduling, use of financial and other resources, and faculty recruitment, employment, evaluation, and compensation;

3. A listing of the programs, policies, or operational documents within the school, zone, or district that would be affected by the innovations identified by the school, zone, or district and the manner in which they would be affected. The programs, policies, or operational documents may include, but not be limited to:

a.the research-based educational program to be implemented,

b.the length of school day and school year,

c.the student promotion and graduation policies to be implemented,

d.the assessment plan,

e.the proposed budget, and

f.the proposed staffing plan;

4. A description of any statutory, regulatory, or district policy requirements that would need to be waived for the school, zone, or district to implement the identified innovations;

5. A description of any provision of the collective bargaining agreement in effect for the personnel at the school, zone, or district that would need to be waived for the school, zone, or district to implement its identified innovation;

6. An identification of the improvements in academic performance that the school, zone, or district expects to achieve in implementing the innovations;

7. An estimate of the cost savings and increased efficiencies, if any, the school, zone, or district expects to achieve in implementing the identified innovations;

8. Evidence that both a majority of the administrators and a majority of the teachers employed at the school, zone, or district approve the empowerment plan and consent to the designation as an empowered school, zone, or district. The determination of approval and consent of the plan shall be obtained by means of a secret ballot vote;

9. A statement of the level of support for designation as an empowered school, zone, or district demonstrated by the other persons employed at the school, zone, or district, the students and parents of students enrolled in the school, zone, or district, and the community surrounding the school, zone, or district; and

10. Any additional information required by the school district board of education of the school district in which the empowerment plan would be implemented.

D. Each plan for creating an empowered school zone or district whether submitted by a group of public schools or created by a school district board of education through collaboration with a group of public schools, shall also include the following additional information:

1. A description of how innovations in the schools in the empowered school zone or district would be integrated to achieve results that would be less likely to be accomplished by each school working alone; and

2. An estimate of any economies of scale that would be achieved by innovations implemented jointly by the schools within the empowered school zone or district.

E. No employee of a school, zone, or district shall be discriminated against by the school district board of education, the superintendent of the school district, or any other administrative officer of the school district or by any employee organization, an officer of the organization, or a member of the organization for exercising or not exercising the rights provided for under the Empowered Schools and School Districts Act. An employee of a school district or an officer or member of an employee organization shall be prohibited from impeding, restraining or coercing an employee of a school, zone or district from exercising the rights provided for under the act or causing an employer to impede, restrain or coerce an employee from exercising the rights provided for under the act.

Added by Laws 2010, c. 353, § 3.

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