Partnership for Whole School Change

A PROGRAM of COOPERATIVE ARTISTS INSTITUTE (CAI)

OUR PROPOSED COMMISSION'S                              ORGANIZATION AND BUDGET

ORGANIZATION:

THIS COMMISSION SHALL CONSIST OF  30 MEMBERS 

FOUR state government members:

  • the Senate Chair of the Joint Education Committee or a designee;
  • the House Chair of the Joint Education Committee or a designee;
  • the Governor or a designee; and
  • the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education or a designee.

THREE Partnership For Whole School Change (PWSC) members who are the primary developers:

  • one person who will chair the commission
  • one arist/educator who has knowledge of and actual experience of the role the arts play in changing school culture
  • one social scientists knowledgeable about globalization and its economic, social, and ecological effects

SIX members from the coalition supporting this bill. The coalition members will choose:

  • one arist/educator who has knowledge of and actual experience of the role the arts play in changing school culture
  • one community/social activist who has actual experience teaching and working on social justice issues who has a sound, science-based understanding of the global marketplace.
  • two K-12 educators who have knowledge of and actual experience teaching in K-12 schools, creating age appropriate curricula, and have participated in or led efforts to change a school’s culture
  • three social scientists knowledgeable about globalization and its economic, social, and ecological effects

 

BASED ON THE CRITERIA BELOW, THE ABOVE 14 MEMBERS                    WILL CHOOSE THE REMAINING 16 COMMISSION MEMBERS 

  • Three persons knowledgeable of culture and cultural anthropology; economics and markets, and the global marketplace and its development. They will provide their insights
  • One person knowledgeable of large businesses and global businesses who will provide his or her insights
  • One person knowledgeable of small businesses who will provide his or her insights
  • One person knowledgeable of organized labor and workplace issues who will provide his or her insights
  • One person knowledgeable of our state's regional ecology and globalization's effects on it who will provide his or her insights
  • One person knowledgeable of the global ecology and globalization's effects on it who will provide his or her insights
  • One person knowledgeable of college and university schools of education who will provide his or her insights
  • Two persons who are K-12 students and/or student representatives who will provide their insights and represent our state students' interests
  • Three persons knowledgeable and representative of parents, families, and communities who will provide their insights and represent their interests
  • Two persons knowledgeable of K-12 schools, the teaching and learning they practice, and why they practice it will provide their insights

 

THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING COMMISSION 

The standards for choosing commission members are as follows. They must:

  • be Massachusetts residents, and the commission’s membership must reflect the cultures, classes, races, sexes, and geographic regions that make up our commonwealth;
  • agree to adopt the PWSC’s School Team Building Process to manage our proposed commission and all its subcommittees’ meetings, decision-making, strategies, and policy formulations;
  • be knowledgeable, in the areas presented in this website, the power of culture (learned behavior) as it is used and defined in cultural anthropology. They must be able to concretely demonstrate this knowledge and their appreciation of it; and
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of schools and a basic understanding of what makes for good teaching and learning. They also need both the knowledge of and the willingness to learn more about the global marketplace, so they can effectively participate in the commission's discussions, decision making, and development process.

Our proposed commission will need the authority to do what is necessary and prudent to realize its purpose, goals, and work-plan. Specifically, the commission needs the power to chart its course, govern itself and conduct its affairs, form committees and sub committees, raise funding, oversee and fund pilot projects, and form and join partnerships. It also needs to be able to decide what effective and transformative data, programs, strategies, knowledge, and experiences will be stored in the repository.

 

WHAT THE COMMISSION WILL DO 

The commission will hold regular public and private meetings, fact-finding hearings, and forums. It will conduct research and create a website. The website will publish research and other sound information that popularizes the need for students to humanely succeed in the global market marketplace. It will use school culture and intentional school culture as a framewotk for school change, and other commission needs and goals.

BUDGET:

FUNDING THE SUPPORT THE COMMISSION WILL NEED 

This bill requests state funding for its administrative costs. However, if the state decides not to fund this bill, we appeal to our elected representatives to help prepare and then pass a viable unfunded bill that closely reflects this proposal. The budget's final figures are firm, but how the money is spent is just an outline that will be filled later by others who will join us in preparing the final budget.

The Cooperative Artists Institute (CAI), will supply the staffing and office space our proposed commission will need for planning and launching its program. However, the commission will require funding for staff support and overhead for services rendered. Staffing will include: 

  • a Director of Administration (24 hours a week);
  • an Office Assistant (16 hours a week); 
  • a Bookkeeper (8 hours every two week);
  • Accounting expenses ($750.00 a year)
  • a researcher (8 hours a week);
  • Website and Technical Manager (8 hours a week); 
  • a Promotion Coordinator (16 hours a week); and 
  • a Grants Manager (16 hours a week).

 Other expenses include transportation, office and meeting space, office supplies and mailing, computer and online costs, and telephones, and meeting refreshments.

The commission’s budget options determine the speed and elegance with which the purpose and benefits of this commission would be realized. The five-year time frame somewhat reflects the year it will take to set up the commission and all its committees and subcommittees and research the global marketplace and design a K-12 educational response (the framework for K-12 schools). Then it usually takes four years for most K-12 schools to transform their school cultures enough to have the effect on student learning this bill is advocating. The proposal offers the state three funding options. There are the:

  • zero to $28,750 a year for seven-years option. This is the slow track and will cost the state the most in time due to the search for funding (two-years). Also, little or no state funding may be viewed as the state’s lack of commitment for the commission and its work. This could cost even more time and money, as some private funders will tend to be less likely to donate towards the effort. Plus, slow track funding reduces transportation options placing a strain on our proposed commission’s ability to reflect the needs of all our state’s regions;
  • $76,250 a year for five-years option. This is the medium track and will cost significantly less in time spent on fundraising leaving more time to realize the bill’s purpose. Also, the funding will tend to be viewed as a serious state commitment to the commission and its purpose, and will tend to attract the support of private funding; and
  • $117,250 a year for four-years is the fast track option. The commission can immediately begin to focus entirely on the proposed work-plan and strategies to realize its purpose. The state’s commitment will tend to attract significantly more funding than the other two tracks providing the resources to serve more schools throughout the state. This will  inspire a demand throughout the state to teach global market knowledge in our K-12 schools.

When dealing with the global marketplace, not addressing its challenges can cost billions of dollars and many lives. The social and economic cost of choosing the slow track could be huge. With every tick of the clock, our general public’s ignorance of this marketplace and the general public’s inability to adapt to its increasingly rapid changes reduces its member's wealth producing potential and undermines their hopes and dreams. These and other costs erode and weaken our state’s first world status as its general public's anger grows and its members behave in ways that undermine our state's quality of life.

Our proposed  commission will reach out to obtain private funding to pay the costs the state does not cover. The commission also needs the state to give this commission and its researchers access to Massachusetts state college and university libraries and other data centers both within their facilities and on-line. The commission also needs be able to schedule short-term use of state colleges, universities, and other facilities to conduct research and hold small and large public and in-house commission and committee meetings, forums, hearings, and events without cost.

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