2015-2016 Iowa School Board Legislative Priorities
Dr. Pattee and Board reviewed the proposed list of Legislative resolutions as developed by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) for school districts to make recommendations to IASB to be included in the 2015-2016 IASB Legislative action priorities list. After careful consideration, Director Shaw moved and Director Lantz seconded the motion to approve the following IASB Legislative resolutions for the 2015-2016 school year. Directors voting in favor of the motion: Leeper, Brown, Coil, Williams, Kenyon, Shaw and Lantz. Those voting “no” none. Motion carried.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND STUDENT EQUITY
Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buying down the highest additional levy rates to the state average, and supports the extension of the statewide penny by the repeal of the Dec. 31. 2029 sunset.
IASB supports Iowa law giving local school boards sole authority to establish charter and on-line schools . Charter and on-line schools should not be established by any entity other than public school boards and, after approval of a charter or on-line school by a local school district, charter or on-line school plans and waivers must be approved by the State Board of Education and subject to all state accountability and reporting standards.
Supports reform of Iowa's K-12 education system that:
- Is research-based;
- Is focused on student achievement;
- Includes assessments to measure the full range and rigor of the Iowa Core;
- Maintains oversight and control by locally elected boards of directors;
- Does not "re-purpose" existing education funds; and
- Does not impose new mandates unless they are fully funded.
- Supports returning to three-year school board member terms with less than a majority of the school board elected in any one year.
Supports setting supplemental state aid (replaces the term allowable growth):
- 400 days (or 14 months) prior to the certification of the school district's budget;
- at the rate to encourage continuous school improvement and reflect the actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs.