2017 IASB Legislative Priorities
Legislative priorities identify the most critical changes in state policy - and serve as a focal point for grassroots advocacy efforts of Iowa school boards and their association.
STANDARDS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Supports continued progress in the development of rigorous content standards and benchmarks that reflect the real-world knowledge and skills students need to graduate from high school prepared for college or to enter the workforce, including the following state actions:
Provide and fund technical assistance to help school districts fully implement the Iowa Core Content Standards which define what students should know and be able to do in math, science, English language arts, social studies, and 21st Century skills in areas such as financial and technological literacy.
IASB supports development of model content standards, recommended assessments and professional development supports in additional content areas but opposes expanding accountability, reporting and accreditation requirements in these areas.
SCHOOL FUNDING POLICY
Supports a school foundation formula that:
SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID
Supports setting supplemental state aid:
For FY 2019 and future budget years, at least 14 months prior to the certification of the school’s district budgets; and
at a rate that sufficiently supports local districts’ efforts to plan, create and sustain world-class schools
Supports a formula driven method for establishing the supplemental state aid growth rate if it is not set within the statutory requirements.
SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for education)
Supports repeal of the December 31, 2029 sunset on the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure.
Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure including the tax equity provisions in the following manner:
- No diversions or expansions of allowable uses prior to the current 2029 sunset date;
- Continued growth in the per pupil amount beyond the 2029 sunset date.