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.
- Adopt high-quality summative and formative assessments, aligned to the skills students should know and be able to do to succeed globally and locally.
- Support research-based professional development that provides educators with training, support and time to work together so that they can successfully teach a rigorous curriculum to all students. Ensure that curriculum decisions about how to teach remain in the hands of local schools and teachers.
- Include and fund all the components of successful standards systems: assessments aligned to high expectations, improved and aligned instruction and quality professional development.
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:
- Provides sufficient and timely funding to meet education goals;
- Equalizes per pupil funding;
- Provides a funding mechanism for transportation costs that reduces the pressure on the general fund and addresses inequities between school districts;
- Includes factors based on changes in demographics including socio-economic status, remedial programming, and enrollment challenges;
- Incorporates categorical funding in the formula within three years; and
- Includes a mix of property taxes and state aid.
SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID
Supports setting supplemental state aid:
- For FY 2018, by January 31, 2017;
- 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.