What is SB 1882?
The Texas Legislature signed Senate Bill 1882 into effect during 2017 to encourage districts to use partnerships to improve student outcomes by offering two new benefits: 1) approved partnerships may receive additional state funding for the partnership school, and 2) schools with an unacceptable accountability rating are eligible to receive a two-year exemption from specific accountability interventions.
Are Partnership School benefits only for Turnaround Schools?
No, districts may also pursue benefits for Innovation schools. Innovation Schools include existing district schools that were not unacceptable the year prior to becoming a partnership school, and newly launched schools with a new county district campus number (including early childhood programs serving PK3).
Are all districts eligible to apply for Partnership School benefits (SB 1882)?
What types of organizations are eligible to be partners?
What does it mean for a partner to be in “good standing?”
What does it mean for a partner to run or operate a district campus?
Do all partnership schools approved for benefits receive a two-year exemption from specific accountability interventions?
When do accountability benefits begin? How long do they last?
For schools with a first, second, or thrud consecutive unacceptable rating, the accountability intervention exemption begins the academic year after the school seeks approval for partnership benefits. For schools with four or more consecutive unacceptable ratings, the exemption begins in the school year the district applies for benefits. The exemption lasts for two years.
From which interventions are campuses participating in a Texas Partnership exempt?
Districts are only exempt from interventions outlined under TEC 39A.101 and TEC 39A.111 (formerly TEC 39.107(a) and (e)) related to the performance of an approved partnership school. Specifically, the agency may not impose that the campus prepare and submit a turnaround plan, as outlined in TEC §39A.101, appoint a board of managers, as outlined in TEC §39A.111(1), and/or close the campus, as outlined in TEC §39A.111(2).
How much additional funding can my Texas Partnership school expect under SB 1882?
Does a district need to authorize a partnership school need to be authorized by the district as a campus or in-district charter?
Can all districts authorize partnership or in-district charter schools?
Does a district need to adopt specific board policies or authorizing materials?
Possibly. Districts pursuing a partnership must use the TEA’s model resources or similar resources for their Local Partnership Authorizing Policy, Local Campus Partner Application, and Local Campus Partner Evaluation Form.
Can the district still provide transportation services for the partnership school?
Are there restrictions on who can serve on a partner's board?
Yes. Partner boards may not include any members of the independent school district’s Board of Trustees, the Superintendent, or staff responsible for evaluating the Local Campus Partnership Application or overseeing the Partnership Performance Contract. Partner board members must attend a TEA-approved board training within a year of the approval of benefits.
Are there restrictions on the composition of a partner's board?
Are there restrictions on the appointment of partner board members?
Are districts and partners required to meet conflict of interest standards?
Partnership Performance Contract
Does the Partnership Performance Contract need to include specific provisions?
How long does the partnership last between the district and the operating partner?
Can districts terminate the agreement before the term length has been met, or extend the agreement?
Does the performance contract need to include academic performance measures?
Does the performance contract need to include financial performance measures?
Can the performance contract be contingent on a turnaround school receiving an acceptable accountability rating?
Who manages the principal or school leader?
Are staff employees of the district, or of the partner?
Would all employees at a partnership school, regardless of employer, be eligible for district performance pay benefits?
Must campus staff turn over as part of a Texas Partnership?
Can my district apply for benefits for more than one Texas Partnership?
Yes. There is no limit on the number of Texas Partnerships that can receive benefits in a district. Districts may submit the District Partnership Benefits Application and Local Board-Approved Charter Authorizing Policy (Attachment A) just once. However, they must submit the Local Campus Partner Application (Attachment B) and the Partnership Performance Contract (Attachment C) for each partnership school.