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When
asked the question as to who should be involved in the process of revisions at
each level, the answer should involve everyone who has a stake in
education.  Everyone at each level of
education has expressed some kind of revision to the education around him or
her in some way.  When it comes to
revising student handbooks, principals should be the main source of revisions
since he/she knows the needs of their students at each specific grade level but
should also involve their educators in certain decision making since they work
first hand with students. There are major differences between the elementary,
middle, and high school levels at Commonwealth Charter Academy.  For example, the caretakers of our elementary
students have many more duties and responsibilities than those at the high
school level.  Depending on what grade,
an elementary student may not be as technological oriented as a student at the
high school level.  When it comes to
revising policies for the district as a whole, the school board as well as
higher administration including the CEO, COO, and human resources should be
involved due to their knowledge in specific legal matters that affect the
overall school.  Lastly, as for the
Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949, all state legislatures or anyone
relating to the overall wellbeing of all students as well as the proficiency
within all public schools should be involved in revisions.

The
local government should revise school policies and procedures yearly.  School boards should be actively involved in
the approval of any revisions made to school policies within a school district
while principals at the elementary, middle, or high school levels should be left
up to revising handbooks.  The school
board, CEO, COO, principals at the elementary, middle, and high school levels
at Commonwealth Charter Academy, all play an important part in the revisions to
the policies and handbooks; both of which are updated annually.  Not having a superintendent, yet, having a
CEO and COO, makes this cyber charter setting differ from a typical
brick-and-mortar setting.   Other
contributors to the employee handbook include those involved in the human
resources department.  The last revision
to the student handbook has taken place in July of 2017, before the 2017-2018
school year has begun and the next revision will be published again in the
summer of 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year (Commonwealth Charter Academy
2017-2018 Learner Handbook, 2017).  The
district policy handbook was last revised in August of 2017 and is currently
undergoing revisions for next school year (Commonwealth Charter Academy
2017-2018 Employee Handbook, 2017).  Although
many of our procedures and policies remain the same from year to year,
Commonwealth Charter Academy will see many larger revisions to our students and
employee handbooks in the upcoming year. 
Commonwealth Charter Academy is foregoing many changes for the upcoming
school year as we are currently creating our own curriculum and changing our
learning management system to its entirety. 
In the end, the school board makes the final approval of any revision.

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At
the state level, policies and procedures should be updated as things change
within education.  Revisions at the state
level can take years and unfortunately, may never occur.  The state legislature is responsible for any
revisions that occur. The Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949 consists of
many sections that may undergo revisions but the school code, overall, is never
completely revised as a whole.   As revisions are being made from time to time,
some may also expire in order to be revised again.  A provision to Act 14 Sec. 2599.5 of the
Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949 is set to expire in June of 2018
(Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949, 2013).  The Pennsylvania General Assembly and the
Department of Education are involved in any revisions to the Pennsylvania
Public School Code of 1949.  The
revisions are then passed on to the governor of Pennsylvania who then makes any
final approvals of any revisions and is then responsible for signing them into
law which in turn is then passed on to all public schools within the state of
Pennsylvania to follow.

            Education within our school systems is constantly
changing to meet the needs of our students. 
Federal, state, and local governments all have distinct responsibilities
relating to the changes our school systems face.   It is important that all levels correspond
with one another to ensure all laws and procedures stay current.  However, each level of government has their
own responsibilities as to how they associate with education.   State and local governments are primarily
the main contributors to our school policies and procedures.  Although the federal government is not in
charge of public education, this level does focus on specific nationwide
standards, student achievement, and court cases.  The state government is responsible putting school
code into play, developing school systems within their state, and providing
state academic standards for each school within their own state.  School boards act as main source at the local
level of government.  School boards are
most responsible for what occurs within their own specific school district and
for creating and implementing their own school policies and procedures that all
members within their school district must abide by.   It is important that district policy manuals
and student handbooks are revised to stay current in education.  It is also important that the right
individuals approve any code, policy, or procedure.  Commonwealth Charter Academy, a cyber public
charter school, provides a student handbook to students and families as well as
an employee handbook (both specific to district policies and procedures) which
pertain to everyone involved in this cyber public charter school environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education within our school systems is constantly changing along with
the laws, policies, and procedures that make up each school system in order for
them to be successful.  Local, state, and
federal levels of government all act as the primary basis of changes in law
within education. It is important that these levels of government work to
create up-to-date policies and procedures in order to stay current with the
changes needed in education.   The local level of government has many hands,
including administrators that contribute to the revisions a specific school
district sees.  Commonwealth Charter
Academy is a cyber public charter school serving learners from Kindergarten to
the twelfth grade whose policies and procedures are revised yearly.  In this cyber charter setting, revisions along
with those who make the revisions appear different from those that would be
seen in a brick-and-mortar environment.