Whenasked the question as to who should be involved in the process of revisions ateach level, the answer should involve everyone who has a stake ineducation.
Everyone at each level ofeducation has expressed some kind of revision to the education around him orher in some way. When it comes torevising student handbooks, principals should be the main source of revisionssince he/she knows the needs of their students at each specific grade level butshould also involve their educators in certain decision making since they workfirst 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 elementarystudents have many more duties and responsibilities than those at the highschool level. Depending on what grade,an elementary student may not be as technological oriented as a student at thehigh school level. When it comes torevising policies for the district as a whole, the school board as well ashigher administration including the CEO, COO, and human resources should beinvolved due to their knowledge in specific legal matters that affect theoverall school.
Lastly, as for thePennsylvania Public School Code of 1949, all state legislatures or anyonerelating to the overall wellbeing of all students as well as the proficiencywithin all public schools should be involved in revisions.Thelocal government should revise school policies and procedures yearly. School boards should be actively involved inthe approval of any revisions made to school policies within a school districtwhile principals at the elementary, middle, or high school levels should be leftup to revising handbooks. The schoolboard, CEO, COO, principals at the elementary, middle, and high school levelsat Commonwealth Charter Academy, all play an important part in the revisions tothe policies and handbooks; both of which are updated annually.
Not having a superintendent, yet, having aCEO and COO, makes this cyber charter setting differ from a typicalbrick-and-mortar setting. Othercontributors to the employee handbook include those involved in the humanresources department. The last revisionto the student handbook has taken place in July of 2017, before the 2017-2018school year has begun and the next revision will be published again in thesummer of 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year (Commonwealth Charter Academy2017-2018 Learner Handbook, 2017).
Thedistrict policy handbook was last revised in August of 2017 and is currentlyundergoing revisions for next school year (Commonwealth Charter Academy2017-2018 Employee Handbook, 2017). Althoughmany of our procedures and policies remain the same from year to year,Commonwealth Charter Academy will see many larger revisions to our students andemployee handbooks in the upcoming year. Commonwealth Charter Academy is foregoing many changes for the upcomingschool year as we are currently creating our own curriculum and changing ourlearning management system to its entirety. In the end, the school board makes the final approval of any revision. Atthe state level, policies and procedures should be updated as things changewithin education. Revisions at the statelevel can take years and unfortunately, may never occur.
The state legislature is responsible for anyrevisions that occur. The Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949 consists ofmany sections that may undergo revisions but the school code, overall, is nevercompletely 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 thePennsylvania 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 theDepartment of Education are involved in any revisions to the PennsylvaniaPublic School Code of 1949.
Therevisions are then passed on to the governor of Pennsylvania who then makes anyfinal approvals of any revisions and is then responsible for signing them intolaw which in turn is then passed on to all public schools within the state ofPennsylvania to follow. Education within our school systems is constantlychanging to meet the needs of our students. Federal, state, and local governments all have distinct responsibilitiesrelating to the changes our school systems face. It is important that all levels correspondwith one another to ensure all laws and procedures stay current. However, each level of government has theirown responsibilities as to how they associate with education.
State and local governments are primarilythe main contributors to our school policies and procedures. Although the federal government is not incharge of public education, this level does focus on specific nationwidestandards, student achievement, and court cases. The state government is responsible putting schoolcode into play, developing school systems within their state, and providingstate academic standards for each school within their own state.
School boards act as main source at the locallevel of government. School boards aremost responsible for what occurs within their own specific school district andfor creating and implementing their own school policies and procedures that allmembers within their school district must abide by. It is important that district policy manualsand student handbooks are revised to stay current in education. It is also important that the rightindividuals approve any code, policy, or procedure. Commonwealth Charter Academy, a cyber publiccharter school, provides a student handbook to students and families as well asan employee handbook (both specific to district policies and procedures) whichpertain to everyone involved in this cyber public charter school environment. Education within our school systems is constantly changing along withthe laws, policies, and procedures that make up each school system in order forthem to be successful. Local, state, andfederal levels of government all act as the primary basis of changes in lawwithin education.
It is important that these levels of government work tocreate up-to-date policies and procedures in order to stay current with thechanges needed in education. The local level of government has many hands,including administrators that contribute to the revisions a specific schooldistrict sees. Commonwealth CharterAcademy is a cyber public charter school serving learners from Kindergarten tothe twelfth grade whose policies and procedures are revised yearly. In this cyber charter setting, revisions alongwith those who make the revisions appear different from those that would beseen in a brick-and-mortar environment.