You have been the elementary principal for six years and have just been appointed the new principal of VMS. The superintendent has tasked you to develop a process for identifying the school’s major challenges, priority needs, and developing appropriate data informed budget requests for the coming school year.
You are to review, assess, and plan to improve the operations and management of Virginia Middle School. The specific guidelines include showing that you:
• understand and demonstrate the capacity to evaluate, develop, and implement management, communication, technology, school-level governance, and operation systems that support each student’s learning needs and promote the mission and vision of the school (NELP 6.1);
• understand and demonstrate the capacity to evaluate, develop, and advocate for a data-informed and equitable resourcing plan that supports school improvement and student development (NELP 6.2); and
• understand and demonstrate the capacity to reflectively evaluate, communicate about, and implement laws, rights, policies, and regulations to promote student and adult success and well-being (NELP 6.3).
Specifically, you are asked to submit a five-section report with an introduction, one section addressing each of the three tasks above including priorities, and a summary. Each section should be labeled with a separate heading. Use the attached data to write the paper. Also use the rubric to ensure that you include everything that is needed to receive a high grade on this paper.
The superintendent has legal concerns that Black students have been over-identitifed as being eligible for special education services. Moreover, Black students have been suspended at more than two times the rate of White or Hispanic children. You are to report in an appendix section of the report what the legal issues including financial liability the school system might face.