There are several statements made that tie with what Robert and I are seeing.
It's a little funny because there are more staff there than actual committee members. Superintendent Nyland is on the committee as is Marty McLaren ( I didn't know McLaren was on the committee.) SPS staff include Pegi McEvoy and Charles Wright along with Jonathan Knapp of SEA.
On Elementary Innovation RFI Process Questions
I. Munoz‐ Colon replied that once awarded, schools receive funding through the life of the levy unless they don’t reach certain performance goals or other targets. (Ms. Munoz-Colon is DEEL staff.)
H. Miller added that approximately two years ago (almost from the beginning) we recognized that we had some really good applicants that we pre‐awarded for the next year in the queue so they would not have to re‐apply and go through the process again, e.g. Emerson and Sand Point.
Carmela Dellino added that there were nineteen schools that were eligible this year, seven of the schools had brand new principals and five had principals that were only in their second year. Principal landscape had a significant impact this year. K. Washington stated that part of what we wanted to do with the levy was to target funds and resources for schools that needed them most and to some degree we expected churn at the leadership level. He asked Carmela if she could tell him about the amount of churn she has seen in schools that have been awarded levy funding. Carmela replied that there has been a significant number of new principals in awarded schools and overall it has been successful and they are now adopting the work of the levy.
This comment is interesting given that both Sand Point and Emerson had their grants first pulled, then partially put back but none of the statements made indicate money would be pulled due to leadership issues.
Elise Chayet asked how you get answers to considerations on the first criteria for course corrections and inquired how the information is gathered for something that might not be seen in the data. I. Munoz‐Colon replied that her team has a close partnership with SPS leadership and data teams who often provide the information.
On the City's Pre-School Program
L. Gaskill‐Gaddis asked for clarification regarding the funding that will be used to bring up the preschools. S. Sidorowicz replied that it would be Step Ahead funding from the Families and Education Levy.
I perceive that the actual Pre-K levy money may not be enough for the work that needs to be done, both for setting up the program and for keeping it running. I wonder if DEEL will dip further into F&E levy dollars. It is DEEL (the City's) right to use the levy dollars as they see fit but it will take dollars from somewhere. And, despite DEEL never answering the question, it is highly likely they will give dollars to charter schools whose applications are approved. I would just hope that DEEL would wait at least two years for each charter to show its steadiness before giving over levy dollars.