This proposal describes the the organizations and people our proposed commission serves, who will be a commission member, and how the commission will work. This commission will need a long-term mandate, because the challenges are long-term.
School participation is voluntary, because this bill favors a bottom up not a top down school development strategy. Our proposal will show that there is no significant duplication of effort between our commission and other state agencies. Existing state education agencies are structured to deal with important teaching and learning policies and challenges that differ from K-12 education and globalization. These agencies are not focused on preparing an educational response to globalization or preparing our students to humanely navigate the global marketplace.
This bill will need 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. However, there is a cost for not funding this bill. To appreciate the cost, access the bill's budget.
After our proposed commission has been in operation for an agreed upon length of time, members representing the commission shall come before a designated body of state elected officials or their designees. The purpose is for these state officials to learn what the commission has been doing and to assess its performance.
What makes this bill exciting is that Massachusetts’ leadership will be pointing the way demonstrating how K-12 schools can help our nation realize globalization's opportunities and overcome its challenges.
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