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Ed Reform #1

SECTION 12.   Section 55A of chapter 15 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking in lines 1 and 2, the words "educational quality" and replacing it with "district management"

and is further amended in line 3, by striking the words "but not subject to its control" and is further amended by striking in line 4, the words "provide an independent mechanism to verify the efforts of schools and" and replacing it with "verify the management efforts of"

and is further amended by striking lines 7 through 45, inclusive, and is further amended by striking in line 46, the word "council" and replacing it with the word "department" and is further amended by striking in line 54, the words "chairman of the council" and replacing it with the word "department"

and is further amended by striking lines 57 through 79, inclusive and replacing it with the following:-

The office shall have the following duties: (1) verify the accuracy of district reports by conducting or contracting for periodic program and fiscal audits, as necessary; (2) undertake diagnostic inspections of districts with turnaround schools to evaluate management practices and make recommendations to those school districts; and (3) provide reports on best district management practices and make recommendations to improve district management practices statewide to the governor, the board, and the General Court. The department will coordinate the office's audits, reports, and inspections with the department's other activities to minimize duplication.

and is further amended by striking in lines 86, 90, and 94 the word "council" and replace it with the word "department" and is further amended by striking in line 90, the word "its" and replace it with the words "the office's" and is further amended by striking line 96 and replacing it with "before October 1 of each year"