All independent public schools must negotiate a Supply and Performance Agreement (CCA), signed by the principal, the chair of the school committee and the executive director. This agreement defines the resources that the school will receive. the assistance provided, the programmes whose delivery is entrusted; student performance and how it is monitored; and the performance and responsibility of the school during the term of the agreement. In order to be able to work with more autonomy, independent public schools benefit from a number of flexibilities. This means they can choose staff, manage their financial affairs on a single-line budget, choose dates for school development days, authorize leave requests, determine the curriculum best suited to students` needs, manage school lines (electricity, water, gas and waste management) and disruptions (breakdowns and repairs). The CCA describes the requirement to develop an effective business plan. This three-year strategic plan is in line with the supply and performance agreement and has the same duration as the agreement. The DPA and the business plan also form the basis of the client`s professional verification. In collaboration with their school community, independent public schools set their own strategic directions, have the authority for day-to-day decision-making, and are in an ideal position to make decisions that best fit their students. Parents and community members play an important and improved role in this initiative. Although they are called Independent Public Schools, these schools remain part of the public school system.
The Independent Public Schools initiative pays tribute to the Land government`s commitment, ahead of the elections, to give schools more control.