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2012-130-1725 - Education Commissioners Task Force  1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169    City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: September 12, 2012 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading:(Enter X in box) 1 st Reading 2 nd Reading X Public Hearing:(Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement:(Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #:N/A X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communcation Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) N/A X Sponsor Name Councilman David Williams Jr. Department:Mayor and City Council  Short  Title:  A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY CO UNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, URGING GOVERNO R RICK SCOTT AND THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ED UCATION COMMISSIONER’S TASKFORCE ON INCLUSION AND A CCOUNTABILITY RELATING TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS A ND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO TH E CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPR ESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  Staff  Summary: During its meeting on F ebruary 28, 2012, the State Board of Education (the “Board”) voted to create a Taskforce to develop a plan to integrate Students with Disabilit ies, English Language Learners and Students with Disabilitie s Enrolled in Exceptional St udent Education in Florida's school accountability system, and to create recommendations for c onsideration by the United ITEM K-10) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Recommendations of the Educations Commissioner's Taskforce   1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169   States Department of Educat ion regarding Florida's Elementary and Second ary Education Act (ESEA) waiver. The twenty-two (22) member Taskforce, which was comprised of school district superintendents, principals, teac hers, parents, and representatives from various for profit and non-profit organizations convened on March 22, 201 2. The Taskforce developed dozens of recommendations related to accountability for Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners and Students with Disabil ities at Exception Student Education centers. However, Education Commissioner Gerard R obinson presented to the State Board of Education, for approval, only five (5) of the Taskforce’s recommendations. Specifically, the Taskforce’s recommendations r egarding accountability action plans for special populations were not adopted. Requests for consideration of t he Taskforce’s recommendations have come from members of the United States Congress, other municipalities, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners and various community based organiz ations. Councilman David Williams Jr. recommends that the City Council adopt a Resolution urging Go vernor Rick Scott and the State Board of Education to adopt and implement the recommendati ons of the Commissioner’s Taskforce on Inclusion and Acc ountability related to Englis h Language Learner s and Students with Disabilities.  Proposed  Action:  Councilman David Williams Jr. recommends that the City Council adopts the attached Resolution.  Attachment:  1- Overview of the Commissioner’s Ta skforce on Inclusion and Accountability Recommendations